It all depends how deeply you have been relishing eating burgers at McDonald’s in New Friends’ Colony Community Centre. For many Okhla residents it was a place to eat burger and enjoy fast food. The food outlet was a hangout for many students from Jamia Millia Islamia and youths of Jamia Nagar.
On Tuesday many residents found the main gate of McDonald’s closed with a guard sitting there giving very little information about when the food chain will open. A few youths were seen moving around outside McDonald’s. A notice was put on the door.
“I regularly used to visit the place to have my favourite burger. But now with the food chain being closed I have to find some other place. There is no dearth of eateries in the community centre as many have been opened in last few years, but I will certainly miss this outlet,” said Noushu Ali. Despite the closure, many had thought that the food chain will open soon.
For such people a report in a national daily will make them unhappy. According to the report, McDonald’s is going to close 169 outlets in north, east India.
On Monday the food giant announced termination of its franchise agreement between its India arm McDonald’s India Private Limited (MIPL) and Vikram Bakshi-headed Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL). “We have been compelled to take this step because CPRL has materially breached the terms of the respective franchise agreements relating to the affected restaurants,” the company said in a statement.