US Restaurant Chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Has Closed Two Of Its Three Outlets In Malaysia

Only one outlet remains.

Cover image via Citta Mall

In a surprise announcement today, 1 March, seafood restaurant chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. revealed that it has shuttered two of its three outlets in Malaysia

The US chain announced that its The Curve and Citta Mall outlets have been closed permanently today. 

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. @ Citta Mall, Ara Damansara.

Image via Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Malaysia Facebook

On the bright side, it's business as usual for the chain's first Malaysian outlet in Sunway Pyramid

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. @ Sunway Pyramid.

Image via azueriena Blogspot

Inspired by the 1994 movie 'Forrest Gump' starring Tom Hanks, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. opened its first outlet in Monterey, California in 1996. The chain entered the Malaysian market in 2008.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Malaysia @ Tokyo

Image via Beyond the Movies

The Bubba Gump restaurant is named after characters in the film - Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (played by Mykelti Williamson) and Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks). Even the dishes are named after characters in the movie, such as Jenny's Catch and its best-selling Forrest's Seafood Feast.

Since its inception, the chain has expanded from the US to over 40 outlets worldwide, including outposts in Mexico, London, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Marianas, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

FUN FACT: Actor Chris Pratt used to work as a waiter at a Bubba Gump restaurant in Maui, Hawaii in his teens. It was in the same restaurant that he was offered an acting role in actor/director Rae Dawn Chong's directorial debut in 2000. 

It's been a turbulent few years for some international brands hoping to capture the Malaysian market. Just recently, fashion retailers Gap and Factorie closed down their outlets in Malaysia:

Global factories like Seagate and Samsung have also shut down their manufacturing plants here:

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