The Korean Peninsula has been experiencing steaming-hot weather this year, as high pressure around has pushed rain to the South thus delaying annual Monsoon Season . more-over each day has been recorded as the hottest this year right up to today . and yesterday Friday : New York’s dearly popular Shake Shack opened its first branch is a busy-street in the middle of GangNam . youngsters have been lining before opening, after which even the American Ambassador attended its opening and long lines even today – although many companies have now accepted the Western Weekend-off, most office still work until 1pm Saturdays . most wait is around 2:30 hours !
SEOUL Subway Line 9 ShinNonHyeon Station Exit 5 and is on the next block or
Line 2 or ShinBunDang Line GangNam Station Exit 11 and is on the 5th block .
plus there are many things to do while you are here in a popular intersection :
- there is a Post Office in the next building on the third floor,
- next to that building is one of earliest Korean Apple ReSeller Frisbee (this intersection has THREE Apple ReSellers : another just across the street and another diagonal to this first one)
- across the road at the subway intersection is Kyobo Tower, under which is the Kyobo BookStore with the second largest assortment of foreign (English and Japanese) books !
However Shake Shack in Korea is NOT operated by States-side Shake Shack directly, rather purchased by Korean SPC Group and run as a franchise, side-by-side as their many bakery and fast-food joints like Paris Baguette and Dun1in Donuts . meaning : it would be unlikely SPC would import Shake Shack’s prized fresh patty and bread, but instead could use their own package Shany bread line .
South Korean hamburger joint is monopolized by Lotteria with about 1200 branches, MacDonald with 450 and Burger King with 240 . local fresh patty Kraze Burger which opened early 2000 ‘s has gone bankrupt in 2013 . Korean conglomerate Shinsegae brought roller-skating Johnny Rockets over in 2009 which is now stuck in a back-alley without much customers .
So although the current lining-up crowd may be a fad than die-hard fans, and those who want to upload photos of their experience to their blogs and social networks, its only way to survive may to roll along a prestigeous trend-maker as StarBucks is doing //
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