MCDONALD’S LEAVE KAZAKHSTAN
The golden arches will soon no longer be open for business in Kazakhstan.
Food Solutions is a local franchise that operates the fast-food restaurants on behalf of McDonald’s. It has announced that it will be closing its doors due to supply restrictions.
News24 reports that McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the vast central Asian country in 2016. It operated 24 restaurants including in the capital Astana and financial hub Almaty – as well as the regional cities of Atyrau, Aktobe, Kostanay and Karaganda.
While the company didn’t mention anything about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, many believe that this led to the big decision.
With several sanctions imposed on neighbouring Russia and the local McDonald’s restaurants closing there last year, getting supplies to other countries in the region have been problematic.
The fast-food industry isn’t the only sector struggling with motor companies and other manufacturing sectors not being able to supply parts to their customers.
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