By Elena Kadvany
Taiwanese boba chain to open first U.S. outpost in Palo AltoUploaded: Aug 27, 2020
Wanpo Tea Shop, a popular Taiwan-born bubble tea chain, is opening its first U.S. location at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto this fall.
Signs for Wanpo recently went up in the space between Taro San Japanese Noodle Bar and The Shade Store, on the Sand Hill Road side of the El Camino Real shopping center.
Wanpo will bring its Taiwanese boba tea to Stanford Shopping Center in October. Photo via Facebook.
The master franchisee for Wanpo Northern California gave a simple reason for bringing the tea shop stateside: "Because Wanpo it [sic is currently the most popular in Taiwan."
Wanpo founder Peter Chang first opened in Taichung, Taiwan, a military village at the time where he was born and raised, according to the Wanpo website.
The company has since expanded to Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and London. According to the website, a location is also planned for New York City.
The franchisee said Wanpo serves both "old-fashioned" and "innovative" bubble tea. The menu in Taiwan includes a variety of teas, from black tea and oolong to lemon winter melon.
Wanpo is slated to open in Palo Alto in October.