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McDonalds' Oslo restaurants may have to shut. Oslo estate burghers Norwegian Property and Rom Eiendom say they are ringing the changes at up to three of the buildings they own and manage. This move concerns centrally-located establishments: at waterfront development Aker Brygge, Østbanehallen at Oslo’s main railway station, and possibly Nedre Slottsgate near the Royal Palace. “McDonald’s at Aker Brygge’s Stranden is not up to scratch. It’s a fair issue. It’s a fantastic location for them, but we want to use this for something else,” Norwegian Property CEO Olav Line told Dagens Næringsliv (DN), Friday.

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McDonalds' Oslo restaurants may have to shut

Published on Friday, 23rd August, 2013 at 11:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd August 2013 at 12:38.

Oslo estate burghers Norwegian Property and Rom Eiendom say they are ringing the changes at up to three of the buildings they own and manage.

A McDonalds Big Mac
A McDonalds Big Mac
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This move concerns centrally-located establishments: at waterfront development Aker Brygge, Østbanehallen at Oslo’s main railway station, and possibly Nedre Slottsgate near the Royal Palace.

“McDonald’s at Aker Brygge’s Stranden is not up to scratch. It’s a fair issue. It’s a fantastic location for them, but we want to use this for something else,” Norwegian Property CEO Olav Line told Dagens Næringsliv (DN), Friday.

“It [the restaurant] produces rubbish, but everybody does, for that matter. We don’t have anything against McDonalds, in principle, it [the move] has to do with concept development at Aker Brygge,” Mr Line said, citing proximity to clothes shops and odours as some factors.

He added building redecoration work has caused them to break the rental contract with McDonalds two years early, but they have been paid some compensation for this.

Regarding the train station, Trond Rusten, project director at state railway-owned (NSB) Rom Eiendom explained to the business daily “we’ve found other types of restaurants for Østbanehallen.”

“They’ll be concepts where you can get a quick meal and move on, but perhaps with slightly higher quality and food preparation.”

Mr Rusten declares he does not “have to wade in rubbish there”, but cites that rubbish is not particularly uncommon when “slightly tipsy youths out on town tumble in there just before closing time”, leaving with a fizzy drink and hamburger.

“I don’t believe it’s worse when it comes to Burger King or regarding those serving kebabs or hotdogs. It’s more the manner in which it’s served rather than McDonalds that creates this rubbish.”

DN also reports profits are highest for McDonalds located on Nedre Slottsgate but the situation regarding this rental contract is not decided as yet. It runs out this year, but contains extension options.

McDonalds Norway communications director Margaret Brusletto was sparse with her comments, stating this is because she does not want to prejudice the ongoing matter.

“It’s not about a lawsuit, and not really for public disclosure,” Ms Brusletto said.

McDonalds, who Norwegian Property say has been offered alternative locations, is to celebrate its 30th year in Norway this year.



Published on Friday, 23rd August, 2013 at 11:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd August 2013 at 12:38.

This post has the following tags: mcdonaldsoslo, osloeating.


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