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McDonald’s temporarily shut down its stores in Ukraine six months ago due to the Russian invasion. Now, the fast-food chain giant is beginning to reopen in some parts of the country.
“We have decided to institute a phased plan to reopen some restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine,” the corporate senior vice president of international operated markets, Paul Pomroy, said in a note uploaded to the company’s website on Thursday.
McDonald’s owns almost 110 locations in Ukraine. Despite the shutdown, the giant has compensated its workers in the country.
“Over the next few months, we will begin working with suppliers to get products to restaurants, making the physical properties ready to serve customers, bringing restaurant teams and employees back on site, and implementing enhanced procedures and protocols to support the safety of our people and customers,” Pomroy stated.
The measure was made after discussing it with Ukrainian officials, security specialists and suppliers, said Pomroy.
McDonald’s is among the countless companies that halted operations in Ukraine because of the brutal conflict. In the note, Pomroy emphasized that other firms have resumed their businesses in Kyiv and western Ukraine.
McDonald’s Withdrew from Russia, Does Not Plan on a Reopen
The Ukraine-Russia conflict has completely pushed McDonald’s to shut down its restaurants in Russia. The giant publicly revealed it was suspending Russian operations in March. Ultimately in May, the company announced its sale of the Russia locations.
It said at the time that the “humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald’s to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.”
The giant has said it has no plans to rejoin the market.
McDonald’s sold hundreds of its Russian restaurants to a local franchise operator, who has begun to reopen them with a new brand – “Vkusno & Tochka,” translated in English as “tasty and that’s it.”
The giant’s withdrawal from Russia is the end of an era. It began its venture in Moscow in 1990, opening its first-ever restaurant.