Global fast food major McDonald’s is shutting down 43 outlets in Delhi starting from today. There are currently 55 McDonald’s outlets in Delhi. This move will make almost about 1,700 employees jobless.
Much to our anger over the news we all want to know the reason behind the shutting down of our much beloved McDonald’s.
Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL) runs the McDonald’s franchise for North and East India. It is currently operated by four board members — Vikram Baksi, his wife, and two representatives of McDonald’s.
“It’s unfortunate, but operation of 43 restaurants operated by CPRL has been temporarily suspended,” said Vikram Bakshi, former managing director of CPRL.
The temporary suspension is due to the expiration of the Eating House Licenses of specific restaurants.
It has to be kept in mind that the suspension is temporary and the CRPL is currently working to obtain the licenses need to comply with McDonald’s regulatory standards.
McDonald’s India Private(MIPL) limited released an official media statement-
“McDonald’s is committed to ensuring that our restaurants are operating in full compliance with McDonald’s standards and applicable regulations.
The Eating House Licenses of a number of McDonald’s restaurants in Delhi have expired. The Board of Connaught Plaza Restaurants Private Limited (or “CPRL’, McDonald’s licensee in North and East India) is working to obtain the required licenses. Pending this, CPRL is temporarily suspending the operations of the affected restaurants.
We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Our greatest concern is always for our customers and employees, and we are committed to doing what it takes to ensure compliance.
It’s our understanding that CPRL has notified the key affected stakeholders including employees, landlords and suppliers before the temporary suspension started on June 28“.
India continues to be an important market for McDonald’s and we are committed to working with CPRL to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
The comment around employees becoming jobless is erroneous. We understand that CPRL is retaining the employees of affected restaurants and will pay them their salary during the period of suspension. ”
So all we can hope is that this suspension is for a short period of time and we can grab our Aloo tikkis once again from our nearby outlets.