McDonald’s has been closed in Ukraine for the last six months due to the Russian invasion, but it is slowly reopening in some areas.
“We have chosen to initiate a staged approach to reopen select restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine,” Paul Pomroy, corporate senior vice president of foreign operating markets, said in a letter posted to the company’s website Thursday.
In Ukraine, you can find one of McDonald’s about 110 locations. Despite the closures, the business has continued to pay its workers throughout the nation. Over the next few months, “we will begin working with suppliers to get product 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 said. He also noted that consultation with Ukrainian authorities, security experts, and suppliers contributed to the final decision.
McDonald’s was one of numerous worldwide firms that suspended operations in Ukraine owing to the violent war. Pomroy said that other firms in Kyiv and western Ukraine had also opened their doors again.
The conflict forced McDonald’s to permanently shutter its Russian locations. The company said it was stopping its Russia activities in March. In May, the company said it would sell its Russian restaurants, saying 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 corporation has no intentions to re-enter that market.
The firm sold its hundreds of Russian outlets to a local franchise operator, who has begun to reopen them with a new name, “Vkusno & Tochka,” which in English means “tasty and that’s it,” along with new branding.
McDonald’s pullout from Russia signified the end of an era. The company, which opened its first store in Moscow in 1990, is often regarded as the most visible manifestation of glasnost, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of opening up the country to the outside world.