Brother Cream fans flock to say farewell to Hong Kong celebrity cat as shop closes for good
Owner Bee Ko Chee-shing has no plans for famous feline after newspaper convenience store shuts down at 11pm on Wednesday
Dozens of fans of celebrity cat Brother Cream gathered at its home in a newspaper convenience store in East Tsim Sha Tsui to get a final glimpse of the famous feline hours before the shop closed for good at 11pm on Wednesday.
According to owner Bee Ko Chee-shing, countless visitors have stopped by since news that the business was folding broke last month – unsurprising, as Brother Cream’s Facebook page has about 190,000 likes and over 41,800 Instagram followers.
A message posted on the social media page at about 11am Wednesday, announcing a last call to fans to come see Brother Cream, as well as a live stream starting 30 minutes before officially closing, garnered over 8,900 likes and reactions – mostly love and sad face reactions – and 500 shares as of 6pm.
“I wish for Brother Cream and Mr and Mrs Ko good health and happiness!” said the top comment from a fan.
The cat has been so in demand in recent years – and like many celebrities – it even has its own public relations team.
The Post observed at least 50 people gathered around the shop during lunch hour, taking pictures and videos of Brother Cream. They also snapped up remaining Brother Cream theme merchandise. But the cat seemed unfazed by all the attention, taking a nap while his fans snapped away.
“He’s used to [the crowds]. Just don’t disturb him or use flash [photography],” Ko said.
Ko was forced to close the shop due to the high rent. He was sad about not being able to continue running the business, but said the decline in print product sales had contributed to the closure.
“Magazines, newspapers are on a downward trend,” Ko said, adding that even if he opened a store at a cheaper and smaller location, he would still struggle to stay afloat.
The popular cat will take a break from all the hubbub for the foreseeable future, until Ko decides what the animal will do next. However, the cat’s image will continued to be licensed out.