Many restaurants have chosen to close their outlets in Russia, but American pizzeria Papa John’s has opted to stay open. This restaurant continues to serve customers as usual.
Previously, it was reported that McDonald’s officially closed 850 restaurants operating in Russia on Monday, March 14, 2022. Several other restaurants such as KFC and Starbucks were also followed. But not with Papa John’s pizzeria.
Reporting from the Tasting Table (16/3) Papa John’s restaurant recently announced that they are still operating. There are at least 190 Papa John’s restaurants in Moscow that remain open and serve customers.
Papa John’s Pizza Restaurant in Russia Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/naramit
Nearly 200 of Papa John’s restaurant outlets in Russia are owned by local residents through a system of franchise agreements. The company is controlled by Christopher Wynne, a man originally from Colorado who has worked in the country since the early 2000s.
Wynee said he decided to keep the restaurant operating. “The best thing I can do as an individual is to show compassion to people, employees, franchisees and customers without judging them because of the politicians in power,” Wynne said.
Wynne said Papa John’s condemned the aggression and violence. “We hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which today hurts millions of innocent people,” Wynne continued.
Papa John’s also announced a partnership with World Central Kitchen to provide food and supplies for refugees fleeing conflict. This social action is carried out in the name of humanity.
The New York Times reported that Wynne’s business generated $59 million or equivalent to Rp. 843 billion in 2020. The plan was that Wynne would open 20-40 branches of Papa John’s restaurants this year but due to this unforeseen situation, it seems that this plan was forced to fail.
Another factor that Wynne says could influence his plans is the possible action taken by the Russian government against US and European brands that suspended their operations in Russia recently due to the situation in Ukraine.
Previously, it was reported that 850 McDonald’s outlets in Russia had been forced to stop operating. There are also 130 Starbucks outlets that have also closed. KFC’s parent business, Yum Brands Inc, followed suit, which said it had stopped investing in Russia.
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