Aug 11 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said on Thursday
it plans on reopening its restaurants in Ukraine over the next
few months in an early sign of western businesses returning to
the country, even as the conflict with Russia continues.
The world's biggest burger chain closed all its restaurants
in Ukraine and Russia in March, following Moscow's invasion of
the eastern European country.
McDonald's had 109 restaurants in Ukraine, but did not
specify how many it planned to reopen. It sold most of its 850
restaurants in Russia to one of its local licensees in May.
The decision to reopen came after "extensive consultation
and discussion with Ukrainian officials, suppliers, and security
specialists, and in consideration of our employees' request to
return to work," Paul Pomroy, McDonald's head of international
operated markets, said in a message to employees.
McDonald's said it was working with suppliers to get
products to restaurants and bring employees back on site with
enhanced safety protocols.
The burger chain will begin restaurant reopenings in Kyiv
and western Ukraine, areas which have been more shielded from
Earlier this year, Ukraine's government started a program https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/ukraine-rebases-businesses-war-front-shield-vital-producers-2022-06-06
to relocate businesses westwards from war-ravaged areas looking
to prevent further damage to its economy.
KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands Inc said earlier
this month nearly all of its stores in the country had reopened.
(Reporting by Uday Sampath and Praveen Paramasivam in
Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Shounak