April 17, 2012
McDonald's aims to launch 45 restaurants in Russia
McDonald's President in Russia and Eastern Europe Khamzat Khasbulatov told journalists that this year McDonald's plans to open 45 restaurants in Russia.
According to Khasbulatov, McDonald's restaurants will be opened in the cities of Saransk, Izhevsk, Brynask, Orel, and others. It complies with the company's long-term plans to open up to 45 new restaurants in Russia a year.
In 2011, the company launched 37 restaurants in Russia. Currently, the McDonald's network embraces 314 restaurants in more than 85 cities. In 2011, McDonald's spent about RUB5 billion (US$169 million) to open new and to overhaul the existing restaurants. In 2012, the company plans to spend more than RUB5 billion (US$169 million) for these purposes, Khasbulatov said.
The company also expects that poultry processing enterprises will be commissioned in 2012 in Russia's Tula and Kaliningrad regions, and a souse-making line in the republic of Chuvashia. Apart from that, the company plans to provide for the launch of a distribution centre in the republic of Chuvashia, a vegetable processing facility/ and a bakery. These facilities will help meet more than 80% of the company's demand in Russia, Khasbulatov noted.