McDonald's approaches landlords seeking rent cut

By James McAllister

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McDonald's approaches landlords seeking rent cut as Coronavirus crisis continues

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McDonald’s is reportedly in talks with some of its landlords in the UK about cutting rent payments.

According to the BBC​, the fast food chain says it has paid in full for the current quarter.

However, it said that "given the unprecedented situation", it was in talks with landlords about how they could "offer support" on rent.

A spokesman for the company said: "We have opened dialogue with some of our landlords to discuss how they might offer support on rent and service charges for a short period due to our restaurants not trading.”

It comes after McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy announced on Friday (1 May) that 15 of the fast food chain’s restaurants are to reopen​ for delivery on 13 May. 

McDonald’s closed its entire UK estate back in March as a result of the Coronavirus shutdown, and Pomroy has said that the chain deliberately took its time to plan the reopening of sites, in order to get things right.

Last week the fast food giant ran a series of controlled tests behind closed doors to explore the safest way to reopen its restaurants, and has used feedback from staff to put together a new series of safety procedures for its teams to follow while the Coronavirus crisis continues. 

Those measures include the use of Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas; additional PPE for staff including non-medical grade face masks; asking all employees to confirm they are fit and able to work, and using contactless thermometers to take each team member’s temperature at the start of every shift; and introducing social distancing measures for all delivery and service partners to follow.

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