Despite Crisis, McDonald’s Continuing with Investments in Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

December the 12th, 2020 – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced many a planned investment to grind to a halt or be shelved all together, but love it or hate it, McDonald’s is continuing with its sizeable investments in Croatia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, the largest fast food chain in the country is continuing with its investments in Croatia as if this isn’t the most devastating economic crisis in memory. The fast food chain will open two new Croatian restaurants in just two months.

One is already operating and is located in Spansko in Zagreb. It has been in business since back in mid-October this year, where, in addition to its indoor facility, there is also a McDrive service for ordering from outside and McCafé. On top of that, a new restaurant in Bjelovar will open soon.

The original date was planned for mid-December, and it was postponed to the second half of the month, but according to the current epidemiological situation, it will certainly not be a classic opening event, with people entering, balloons and an entertainment programme as all such things are formally prohibited until December the 21st. This has also been confirmed by McDonald’s who are confirming properly with the anti-epidemic measures introduced by the National Civil Protection Headquarters.

“The opening of the new McDonald’s in Bjelovar is planned for the second half of December, but the exact opening date will depend on the dynamics of the ongoing works and the epidemiological situation,” they said, noting that orders will be issued at McDrive for guests arriving by vehicle or via their McWalk services for those who have come on foot to pick up an order.

The Bjelovar facility has already reached its final shape and Bjelovar’s citizens are quite impatient to welcome the opportunity to eat the food and see the town’s economic situation improve as Bjelovar locals will be employed there.

“The investment in the restaurant, which is our 37th in Croatia, is worth more than two million euros, and Bjelovar is the 15th city in which we operate,” said McDonald’s Croatia. Earlier, director Pavel Pavlicek pointed out the following:

“This crisis has posed many challenges and we’re especially pleased that we can continue to invest.”

Despite this enormous company’s continued investments in Croatia, the situation is still unstable. Until the normal functioning of catering facilities is enabled again, the new measures will continue to bring additional challenges in the organisation of business within the restaurant and their primary focus remains on protecting the health of their employees and customers, while respecting all hygiene and safety standards.

The McDrive and McWalk services, as well as McDelivery, will operate all day, and where feasible (depending on the city), delivery is possible through Glovo and’s services.

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