The restaurant Manchu Wok at the airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in May 2014.
|Founded||1980Peterborough, Ontario, Canadain|
|Headquarters||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
Number of locations
|Parent||MTY Food Group|
Manchu Wok Inc. is a Canadian Chinese-themed fast food restaurant chain in the United States and Canada. The chain operates 200 stores, primarily in shopping mall locations. It was owned by Hong Kong-based Café de Coral, and now it is owned by Canada-based MTY Food Group since 2014.
The first store was opened by Dr. Jack Lew and other Hong Kong immigrants in 1980 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Lew hired food service equipment consultant Alfred Grech, a Maltese immigrant, to design and help with the building of the first 33 stores. In 1992, Lew sold the company to Scott's Hospitality Inc. At the time of the sale, there were 113 Manchu Wok units in Canada and United States. Under new ownership, there were 237 Manchu Wok units in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom by April 1992. By 1996, there were 245 Manchu Wok when parent company Scott's Hospitality was acquired by Laidlaw Inc. In 2000, Laidlaw sold the company to a group of investors headed by Ken Fowler and Café de Coral. At the time of the sale in 2000, there were 74 locations in Canada, 119 locations in the United States and 2 in Poland.
Business activity outside North America
Although most of the company's business activity is located in North America, the company briefly had franchises in the United Kingdom and Poland in 1992 and 2000 respectively which have since closed. In 2003 and 2004, Manchu Wok expanded its operations to US military bases in Santa Rita, Guam; and Okinawa, Japan, respectively. It also has two locations serving the U.S. military on Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base in Korea,[better source needed] There are also locations at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and U.S. Army Base, Grafenwohr, Germany.
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