McDonald’s to Temporarily Close Stores in Russia After Calls to Boycott

McDonald’s announced on March 8 that it was temporarily closing all its stores in Russia due to the invasion in Ukraine, following criticisms and calls to boycott.

“McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market,” McDonald’s Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski wrote in a memo to staff that was shared publicly.

The closure was in response to “the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine,” Kempczinski further wrote.

According to Kempczinski, it was “impossible to predict” when the stores would reopen.

“We are experiencing disruptions to our supply chain along with other operational impacts,” Kempczinski said.

McDonald’s has 847 stores in Russia and 84% of them are operated by the company, according to an investor document.

The document showed that the stores in Russia, combined with those in Ukraine, contribute to 9% of McDonald’s revenue and 2% of global sales.

Kempczinski further said that McDonald’s will continue to pay its 62,000 employees in Russia and that the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the country will continue its “full operations.”

“As we move forward, McDonald’s will continue to assess the situation and determine if any additional measures are required,” Kempczinski said.

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