California is too expensive for fortune cookie factory

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, in San Francisco, California’s Chinatown, is the last factory of its kind in the area, after competitors were forced to close when overheads became too expensive. The family-run factory opened its doors n 1962 and uses the same recipe to this day, as well as retaining the traditional machinery used to make Chinese fortune cookies.

Mr Chan says he is proud the store remains open, but he’s facing an uncertain future. “My rent is $6,000 a month. Three years ago, it was $1,400. It takes Chan’s factory around an hour and a half to produce one case of cookies. His staff work for eight or nine hours a day and are paid minimum wage – $15 an hour. “There is no way I could make a profit” he says.