Entrepreneur Hur Young-In founded Paris Baguette in 1986. The company operates a multi-national chain of high-end bakeries/cafes.
Once franchising began in 1988, the chain grew quickly. As of May 2022, the company had 3600 stores in South Korea, 100 stores in the USA, and 185 locations in China, Vietnam, Singapore and France.
In October of 2022, a boycott of Paris Baguette took off after a worker at a factory was fatally crushed by a sauce mixing machine. Employees state that the factory did not even close for the day and they were forced to work even as the body of their college was removed from the machine.
Shortly before the incident another worker at the factory had sustained an injury to their hand from a production machine but was not sent to the hospital since they were not a full-time worker. Various Korean trade unions have condemned the company due to a history of safety issues and union busting.
The company states that they intend to open 1,000 new locations in the US by 2030.
As of 2013, the company states that it had $1.51 billion (US Dollars) in revenue.
Paris Baguette maintains a corporate office in the USA in Moonachie, New Jersey.