KFC Opens Restaurants in Macedonia, Premier Zoran Zaev Attends

The fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its first two restaurants in Macedonia. The reported size of the investment is more than €10 million. The opening ceremony was notable for the presence of Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev and US Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily.

The PM celebrated the event by saying that all investment in the country’s economy will further develop Macedonia by creating new jobs and sending a clear message that the country is a good place for business. As of now, KFC has footholds in more than 120 countries.

Bulgaria got its first KFC restaurant in 1994, while Serbia’s first outlet was opened in 2007.

The opening of a fried chicken fast food outlet may not seem like such a big deal, but the presence of Macedonia’s Prime Minister certainly sends a message. KFC is often seen as a symbol of Western capitalism and as part of American culture. The opening comes shortly prior to the name change referendum on September 30, in which Macedonia will vote on whether to change its official name to North Macedonia in order to solve the dispute with Greece. This will open up the country’s path to EU and NATO membership. Even former US President George W. Bush urged Macedonians to vote in the referendum.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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