McDonald’s will begin reopening operations in Kyiv this week, the Ukraine fast-food giant’s head of communications announced on Monday.
“The reopening of restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine will be done in stages over two months,” said Alesya Mudzhyri’s Facebook statement.
While McDrive and Dine-in restaurants won’t open until October, three restaurants in Kyiv will offer deliveries from Tuesday.
Mudzhyri said McDonald’s is putting in place enhanced safety procedures for employees and customers, saying restaurants will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but will “close during air raid alerts.”
With the reopening, the fast-food giant is fulfilling a promise it made last month to bring back employees despite ongoing Russian aggression and restore “a small but important sense of normalcy”.
McDonald’s had over 100 restaurants in Ukraine before the Russian invasion, all of which were closed at the start of the war. According to a statement, the company continued to pay the salaries of more than 10,000 employees.
McDonald’s also suspended operations in Russia in March, where it had 840 restaurants, and sold most to a local licensee in May.