15 Apr '13, 4am
Beijing franchisee wants refund from Mr Bean
A Beijing entrepreneur who bought a franchise in a Singaporean soya milk chain is seeking a refund after it allegedly supplied her with faulty pancake stoves and overpriced ingredients. Ms Mia Lei wants her money back after paying to run two branches of Mr Bean in China. She claims it has become impossible to operate her franchise business because of the stove malfunctions and pricey pancake mix - some of which was said to be close to the expiry date. The businesswoman filed a complaint last month with China's Ministry of Commerce. And she has now sent a letter through Singapore law firm Chia Wong LLP demanding a full refund of her franchise fee. Meanwhile, three other franchisees in China are understood to have ceased their business operations after coming to a mutual settlement with Mr Bean. Ms Lei told The Straits Times that she invested 6 million yuan (S$1.2 million) l...