McDonald's refuses to open West Bank branch
Residents of Ariel are threatening to boycott the hamburger chain.
Ariel Mayor Eli Shviro was surprised by McDonald's Israel's refusal and said that he immediately brought the matter up with Rami Levi Chain Stores CEO Rami Levy. "If this is the case, it is a miserable decision. It discriminates against us. We are residents just like everyone in the country, and this is out of place," Shviro told "Channel 2 News Online". "I strongly hope that other big companies will come to us."
Rami Levi said that other Israeli companies have also declined to open outlets in his new mall. "This is mistaken thinking," he said.
The Israeli franchise of McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is owned by Omri Padan, a founder of Peace Now.
McDonald's Israel said in response, "This has always been the policy of Dr. Omri Padan."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 26, 2013
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