(27 June 2012)
U.S fast-food chain Burger King said yesterday that no one holds the right to open a branch of its restaurant in Cambodia, despite job advertisements appearing online featuring the company’s logo.
“Currently, we do not have any established franchisee in Cambodia,” Tan Ching Ee, marketing director for Burger King’s Asia Pacific office in Singapore, said in an email.
Garment factory owner Sok Hong, who is a board member at Sokimex Group and the son of Sokimex chairman Sok Kong, said on Monday that he was involved in talks to brings Burger King to Cambodia.
In online job advertisements, a company calling itself Blue kite Food and Beverage Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Imex Pan-Pacific Group, claimed it held the franchise right for Burger King in Cambodia.
Mr. Tan declined to comment as to whether Burger King was in talks to award a franchise in Cambodia, but said the job advertisement-which used Burger King’s registered trademark logo were fake. “The employment ad you reference has not been produced by KB AsiaPac office or our franchisees,”said Mr.Tan.”
“We are investigating the source of the advertisement and will take appropriate action if warranted.”
Mr. Hong declined to comment on the statement from Burger King, but said that media report of the talks to bring Burger King to the country had caused difficulties.
“Now, everything is complicated,”he said. “don’t publish anything.”
Cambodia Airports communication manager Khek Norinda confirmed on Monday that there had been talks with Mr. Hong to open a Burger King restaurant at the Phnom Penh International Airport.
Mr. Narinda declined to comment yesterday.
A company under the name of Imex Pan-Pacific Group is cited in online news sources as the franchisee for Domino’s Pizza in Vietnam, and has been linked to plans to open burger King Restuarant there as well.
An official at the company’s office in Singapore referred questions to general manager Jake Pang, who did not respond to questions.
Somuch Sovary, a member of Imex Pan-Pacific Group based on the job advertisements, declined to comment.
The job advertisements were posted on government’s National Employment Agency (NEA) website, as well as on other sites. Ang Pheareak, an official at the NEA, said that the agency was not responsible for the advertisements as they were copied from a local job websites.
He added that the NEA was investigating who had posted the ads on the site.
Source Accordance: Cambodia’s Daily