Niko Niko Boba Now Open at Regency’s Rockford Road Plaza

Serving Taiwanese-style bubble tea, smoothies, coffee, and desserts, Niko Niko Boba is now open at Regency’s Rockford Road Plaza in Plymouth, MN. The name, which translates from Japanese to “smile,” reflects the joyful atmosphere created by husband-and-wife duo Jonathan Chong and Yenni Chen.

Formerly part of another franchise, the longtime boba-preneurs branched out under their own independent brand, Niko Niko Boba. Their nine existing shops officially relaunched in September 2023. Since then, Niko Niko has expanded to twelve locations across Minnesota and Colorado.

The grand opening at Rockford Road Plaza was a huge success, with a line wrapped around the building as hundreds of shoppers awaited their turn to order. The first 100 customers received a free boba tea, and the first 50 also received a gift card to use on a future visit.

Photo: Niko Niko Boba / Instagram

Boba tea is a popular beverage originating from Taiwan. It typically consists of tea, milk, and chewy tapioca pearls (boba) that are sweetened and served with a wide straw. Niko Niko offers a variety of boba flavors alongside smoothies and specialty coffee drinks, all crafted with care using authentic ingredients and freshly brewed loose-leaf teas.

With roots in Southeast Asia, Chong and Chen aim to celebrate their heritage while evolving their menu with creative flavor profiles. Seasonal sips include Lychee Rose Sweet Cream, Ube Latte Creme Brulee, and Mango Dragon Sweet Cream.

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Niko Niko Boba is a fantastic addition to the retail mix at Rockford Road Plaza,” said Sarah Storey, Senior Property Manager. “It introduces a unique offering that we haven't had before, and I’m thrilled about this exciting new use at our center.

Rockford Road Plaza is a 204,076 SF shopping center, ideally located in a regional retail corridor with convenient access to I-494. Niko Niko, an immigrant and family-owned business, joins a strong retail mix that includes PetSmart, HomeGoods, Kohl's, and T.J.Maxx.

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