Lunch With Sumiko

Lunch With Sumiko: BreadTalk's George Quek on conquering the world, one loaf at a time

Mr George Quek says F&B is a tough business. Yet, he loves it. He loves the thrill of coming up with a location and getting the restaurant and food concept right. At 62, he feels young and retirement is not on the cards.
Mr George Quek says F&B is a tough business. Yet, he loves it. He loves the thrill of coming up with a location and getting the restaurant and food concept right. At 62, he feels young and retirement is not on the cards.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

George Quek's BreadTalk Group has ambitions to grow from about 1,000 stores now to 2,000 stores by 2022

When Mr George Quek was a struggling businessman in Taiwan back in the 1980s, he had a dream.

He and his wife were driving up to Yangmingshan, a scenic area outside Taipei, one day when they spotted a beautiful villa.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Conquering the world, one loaf at a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe