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25 Oct 2022

Current Time, RFE/RL

Russia: KFC announced final exit from market

KFC restaurant

KFC, Fashion Retailer Inditex announce final exits from Russian market, 25 October 2022

American fast-food restaurant chain KFC is transferring its Russian business to a local operator, and the Spanish fashion retailer that owns the chain Zara will sell its business in the country...

They become the latest in a string of western corporations to leave Russia since the start of its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

KFC's owner, Yum!Brands holding, said...that it had signed an agreement to sell all 70 KFC restaurants it owns in Russia, the operating system, and its franchise to Smart Services Ltd, which is run by Russian KFC franchisees Konstantin Kotov and Andrei Oskolkov.

The buyer will be responsible for rebranding the restaurants and retaining existing employees.

The Russian business daily Kommersant reported that the fast-food outlets will start operating under the Russian fast-food brand Rostic's.

There are about 1,000 KFC restaurants in Russia. Almost all of them are managed by independent owners under licensing or franchise agreements...