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TASS announces that about 200 McDonald’s restaurants will open in Russia by the end of June under the new brand

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“About 200 restaurants in the former McDonald’s chain will open under the new brand in Russia by the end of June,” Russia’s TASS news agency reported on Tuesday, quoting Russia’s McDonald’s CEO Oleg Paroev.

We have a “wave” launch plan, we want to open quite a few franchises by the end of June. The second “wave” will be almost on June 13. <…> By the end of June, about 200 locations across the country must be opened, if they work, even more, “Paroev said.

McDonald’s suspended all 850 restaurants in Russia on March 14, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. On May 16, the company, whose share of the catering market reached 7%, announced its withdrawal from Russia and, through the mediation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, sold the business to a Russian owner. The buyer was businessman Alexander Govor.

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The chain will operate under a new brand and with new menu names, and all employees will keep their seats “in equivalent conditions” for at least two years, the new owner announced.

The first 15 working points of the new McDonald’s will open on June 12 in Moscow and the Moscow region – one each in Odintsovo, Reutov and Khimki.

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