MADRID, Aug. 11 (.) –
The American chain of fast food restaurants McDonald’s has announced its intention to proceed “in stages” to a plan for the reopening of some restaurants in kyiv and Western Ukraine, after the multinational decided at the end of last February to interrupt its operations in the country as a result of the Russian invasion of the country.
“We have decided to institute a phased plan to reopen some restaurants in kyiv and Western Ukraine, where other businesses have safely reopened,” the multinational announced.
In this way, during the next few months, the chain will begin to work with suppliers to bring the product to restaurants, prepare establishments to serve customers, as well as the return of restaurant equipment and the implementation of procedures and protocols to support the 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, the belief has grown stronger that this would support a small but important sense of normalcy,” said Paul Pomroy, corporate senior vice president, head of international traded markets, adding that Ukrainian authorities have warned that businesses that resume operations will support the local economy and the people of Ukraine.
The multinational has recalled that since it announced its intention to suspend its activities in the country at the end of February, it has continued to pay the salaries of more than 10,000 employees.
McDonald’s left the Russian market last May after more than 30 years of activity in the country, where it had 850 stores and around 62,000 workers.