KFC Malaysia temporarily closes stores due to economic difficulties By: Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s KFC temporarily closes stores in the country due to tough economic conditions, after local media reported that the boycott against the fast food chain over links to Israel was the reason. Closed.

Muslim-majority Malaysia is an ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, and like other Muslim countries, some Western fast food brands have been targeted by boycott campaigns over Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. There is.

QSR Brands (M) Holdings, which operates KFC and Pizza Hut franchises in Malaysia, announced that it has temporarily closed its KFC stores “in response to the difficult economic situation.”

“QSR Brands and KFC Malaysia have taken the proactive step of temporarily closing stores as a means of managing increasing business costs and focusing on high-engagement trade areas,” it said in a statement late on Monday. . The statement did not mention media reports.

The number of affected stores was not disclosed, but local media reported that more than 100 stores were temporarily closed.

QSR Brands said employees at the affected stores were given the opportunity to transfer to stores in areas with higher customer engagement.

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