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Why did Panda Express Fail in Canada?

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Why did Panda Express Fail in Canada?

The food is fantastic and great value in the States. I haven't gone to the one in Canada but I am guessing it is failing because of low quantity and quality. I hardly see anyone going to Panda Express here.
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I don't even see alot of them around probably why you never hear about it.
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Too many competition here.

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Literally the only location I know of is tucked into a barely visible spot in the Stockyards plaza that formed around Target. That's a terrible location, and I have no reason to go to that area now that Target is gone.

I didn't even know they were in Canada before I saw that one, and I'm guessing most people still don't know.
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I dunno, it's kinda western-ppl Chinese food, e.g. really rich w/ sauces, kungpow chicken, general tso etc etc etc. I don't see any differentiation vs those other 'Chinese food' chains one can find in the mall foodcourts.
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Probably has to do with how Toronto and Vancouver are already chock full of authentic Chinese restaurants due to the size of the Asian populations there.

Americans don't know good Chinese food and it really shows when you visit a Chinese restaurant in the US, even in a huge city like NYC.
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I don't care what people say but the food at Panda Express in the States tastes amazing lol. There is a reason why there are lineups there.
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I went to one in Canada and my meal was like $15 or $16 if I remember correctly. Could of went to a local place and got something similar for half that.
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Kab wrote:
Nov 6th, 2017 3:27 pm
I went to one in Canada and my meal was like $15 or $16 if I remember correctly. Could of went to a local place and got something similar for half that.
In US it's $9 USD for 3 HUGE meat portions.
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It's quite pricey for the subpar quality and taste.
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Probably has to do with how Toronto and Vancouver are already chock full of authentic Chinese restaurants due to the size of the Asian populations there.

Americans don't know good Chinese food and it really shows when you visit a Chinese restaurant in the US, even in a huge city like NYC.
This is so true for the GTA. So many good authentic Chinese places for everybody.
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Is Panda Express still at Heartland? I went to it once or twice, the servings were really small and they charge alot.

Remember when PF Chang tried to come into Toronto? They tried to present themselves as an upscale fine dining establishment (when in US, it was just a regular casual place), serving awful 'chinese' food. Their prices were ridiculous, we took one look at the menu and quickly left. They didn't last long.
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