US-fast food chain McDonald’s has re-opened its restaurant in Bucha, Ukraine, which was damaged due to Russia and Ukraine conflicts.
First opened on 23 December 2020, the restaurant location was damaged in March 2022, and has been opened after hiatus, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
McDonald’s Ukraine CEO Yulia Badritdinova was quoted by various media agencies as saying: “It was extremely important for our team to restore the restaurant as soon as possible to support the local community, return the usual service and favourite food, and take one of the steps towards restoring infrastructure in the city.”
The re-opened restaurant is equipped with a generator to ensure power supply even during power failures.
Opening McDonald’s restaurant follows the phased opening of its outlet in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Currently, the American fast food company is operating 64 outlets in the country.
Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, McDonald’s operated 109 restaurants located across 24 cities in the country.
After Russia and Ukraine conflict that began on 24 February this year, McDonald’s decided to temporarily shut its restaurants in the country citing security reasons.
Last month, McDonald’s signed an agreement to rebrand its stores in Belarus.
Under the deal, 25 restaurants operated by a Belarusian franchisee were rebranded as Vkusno & tochka.
The agreement came five months after the US fast food restaurant brand decided to exit neighbouring Russia. In May this year, McDonald’s divested its Russian stores to a local operator that were later rebranded as Vkusno & tochka.