KATHMANDU, Sept 6: KFC, Pizza Hut and Cream Bell outlets in Kathmandu, which were shut down indefinitely on August 14, may reopen soon.
According to Madhav Bhattarai, consultant lawyer for Devyani International Nepal --local franchisee of KFC, Pizza Hut and Cream Bell, the management is very optimistic toward reopening the outlets.
“The management committee of Devyani International has decided to reopen the outlets after taking action against 22 staff who manhandled a senior manager of the company,” said Bhattarai.
Devyani International Nepal had indefinitely shutdown outlets of global fast food chains as per existing Labor Act, stating that some staff members manhandled their senior managers, threatened to take their life and refused to take instructions from the management.
However, Nawaraj Bhatta, president of All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union-Revolutionary (ANHRWU-R), refuted the charges and said the workers were hopeful that management would reopen the outlets soon.
“We will assure the management that we would maintain good discipline, improve our mistakes and help enhance the standard of the service,” said Bhatta.
The workers had registered ANHRWU-R on August 29.
“As KFC, Pizza Hut and Cream Bell are international chains, the management has to maintain certain norms. The management is positive about reopening the outlets provided that the standard and discipline is maintained,” Bhattarai said. “The management is not in a mood to withdraw its investment.”
Devyani International Nepal was employing 180 people when it announced indefinite closure on August 14. It operates Pizza Hut, KFC and Cream Bell outlets at Durbar Marg, and KFC and Pizza Hut Delivery (PHD) at Blue Bird Mall, Tripureshwar.