McDonald’s Ukraine plans to invest $42 million this year,

creating 4,600 new jobs and opening restaurants in four new cities — Ivano-Frankivsk, Bila Tserkva, Lutsk, and Khmelnytskyi — Yuliya Badritdinova, McDonald’s Managing Director, told reporters yesterday. The new jobs will be split between 1,500 at new restaurants and 3,100 at supplier companies. In addition to new cities, McDonald’s plans openings in Ukraine’s five most populous cities; Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa. Looking to 2022, the chain plans to open in Chernivtsi, Kropyvnytskyi, Mariupol, and Uzhgorod.

Last year, McDonalds invested $25 million, opening five new restaurants, to bring the total number of stores to 98 in 21 Ukrainian cities.

While the company maintained its restaurant payroll of 10,000, the number of customers decreased by 20% yoy and sales fell by almost 4% yoy, Badritdinova said at a press conference in Kyiv.