Japanese firm to buy Chicken Rice Shop for RM220 million

The Chicken Rice Shop has about 100 outlets in Malaysia. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Japanese restaurant operator Zensho Holdings Co Ltd agreed to buy Malaysian chain The Chicken Rice Shop (TCRS) for around RM220 million, a person with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

Zensho announced the acquisition last week but did not disclose the purchase price.

The deal increases the Japanese firm’s presence in Southeast Asia, adding to current operations in Malaysia as well as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, said the person, who was not authorised to speak with media and so declined to be identified.

In a statement last week, Zensho said it plans to create synergies with TCRS’ roughly 100 locations and open new restaurants.

Japan’s Nomura was Zensho’s sole financial adviser on the deal, the person said.