MADRID, August 11 (EUROPA PRESS) –
American fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s has announced its intention to “gradually” implement a plan to reopen some restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine after the multinational decided in late February to halt its operations in the country as a result of the Russian invasion of the country .
“We have decided to implement a phased plan to reopen some restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine, where other businesses have safely reopened,” the multinational announced.
In this way, over the next few months, the chain will begin working with suppliers to get the product into the restaurants, prepare the facilities to serve customers, as well as support the return of the restaurant equipment and the implementation of procedures and protocols to ensure safety of employees and customers.
McDonald’s decision follows contacts with company employees who have expressed a desire to return to work and reopen restaurants in Ukraine where it is safe and responsible to do so.
“In recent months, there has been a growing belief that this would support a small but important sense of normality,” said Paul Pomroy, corporate senior vice president, head of international traded markets, adding that Ukrainian authorities have warned against it have that businesses that resume operations will support the local economy and the people of Ukraine.
The multinational recalled that it has continued to pay the salaries of more than 10,000 employees since announcing it was ending its operations in the country at the end of February.
McDonald’s exited the Russian market last May after more than 30 years of operations in the country, where it had 850 stores and around 62,000 employees.