News 17 May 13

McDonald’s Restaurants Shut Down in Macedonia

All the McDonald’s fast-food restaurants in Macedonia have closed because the local company that operated the franchise has lost its licence for reasons which are as yet unknown.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje

Photo by: M.Minderhoud

The European head office of the world’s biggest chain of fast food and hamburger restaurants confirmed the countywide closure on Wednesday.

“After the termination of the agreement, [Macedonia’s] SJ Company no longer has the right to work with the McDonald’s franchise,” Agnes Vadnai, the head of communications at McDonald’s Europe, was quoted as saying by NOVA TV.

It is not yet known why the company lost the licence and whether McDonald’s intends to continue operating in Macedonia.

SJ Company has so far remained silent.

The closure of the restaurants came as a surprise for customers on Wednesday, who were confronted with a brief note at the entrances of the restaurants stating that the premises were “temporarily closed”.

The Macedonian authorities were quick to explain that the closure was not due to any state inspection.

McDonald's operated seven fast food restaurants in the country, most of them located in the capital Skopje.

The brand entered Macedonia 16 years ago.

 

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