Starbucks to exit Russia after military campaign in Ukraine

May 23, 2022 / 8:55 PM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Starbucks said Monday it will cease operations in Russia, shuttering its 130 cafes in the country in the aftermath of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.
The move comes a week after another iconic US brand, McDonald's, also departed Russia, part of a wave of Western companies cutting the country off following the assault.

"Starbucks has made the decision to exit and no longer have a brand presence in the market," the company said.

"We will continue to support the nearly 2,000 green apron partners in Russia, including pay for six months and assistance for partners to transition to new opportunities outside of Starbucks."

The coffee chain suspended its operations in early March after Russia sent troops across the border into Ukraine in late February.

Former chief executive Kevin Johnson at the time condemned Russia's "unprovoked, unjust and horrific attacks on Ukraine."

Starbucks had a relatively modest operation in Russia compared with McDonald's, which owned 850 restaurants in the country employing 62,000 workers. 
May 23, 2022 / 8:55 PM

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