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The Week in Chains: Petites Tomates, Pei Wei Kuwait, Pretzels for Saigon

Petite faim

Frankly, I would visit an international P.F. Chang’s sooner than a Pei Wei, but the question has been posed on Twitter.

Pei Wei has expanded globally! Has anyone visited either of our international locations in Mexico or Kuwait?…

— PeiWei (@PeiWei) March 22, 2013

Maybe you’re familiar with CaliBurger? I am not. Two
will be opening in China
with the promise of 
“an environment that looks, smells, and feels like California.”

Auntie Anne’s, on the other hand, is nationally
ubiquitous, right? Now Saigon will have access to soft pretzels (but not the
dipping sauces
, according to this blogger).

Three’s a chain, so Mission Chinese Paris, looking
more like a reality
, merits a mention.

On the uncool end of the spectrum, France loves fast
and is the second-largest McDonald’s market after the US. I don’t imagine
the chain’s cherry tomatoes packaged like fries is contributing to its

SAT-style, Starbucks could eventually be to China as
McDonald’s is to France. According to Chief Executive Howard Schultz, “”It’s
no doubt that one day China will become our second-largest market after the US
and it’s possible that, over many years, potentially the largest one.”

Wendy’s in Ecuador? Ok, why not.


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