Business news from Ukraine

KYIV METRO TO RUN TWO HOURS LONGER ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

On New Year’s Eve, the capital’s metro will run two hours longer, the press service of the municipal enterprise Kyiv Metro said.
“The last train will leave each station at different times. From the city center around 2:15. Additional opening hours are added to the regular timetable for each station located at the entrance and on the platform,” the enterprise wrote on Facebook.
In turn, Head of the municipal enterprise Kyiv Metro Viktor Brahinsky said that there may also be restrictions (closings) on the entrance for passengers at the stations Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate), Khreschatyk, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Poshtova Ploshcha and Kontraktova Ploshcha.
“The mechanism is being used for security reasons to avoid mass congestion of passengers on station platforms,” he wrote on Facebook.

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METRO REOPENS IN KYIV AND KHARKIV AFTER 2-MONTH PAUSE CAUSED BY CORONAVIRUS

The metro reopened in Kyiv and Kharkiv on May 25 after the two-month pause caused by coronavirus. In Kyiv, the metro service is back to the regular schedule. Passengers are required to wear masks, and there are signs indicating the obligatory 1.5-meter distance between passengers.
Metro workers are provided with personal protective equipment.
The Kharkiv metro reopened at 5:30 a.m. on Monday.
“Please be advised that it is prohibited to travel by the metro without a respirator or a mask,” the Kharkiv metro press service said on Facebook.
The metro service in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) had been unavailable since March 17 in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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DEADLINE FOR LAUNCHING METRO TO VYNOHRADAR POSTPONED FOR A YEAR

The deadline for completing construction work to extend the Syretsko-Pecherska line of Kyiv Metropoliten is postponed for a year, Oleh Tokarev, the head of the supervisory board of PJSC Kyivmetrobud, the project’s general contractor, has said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine. “The deadline has been disrupted for one year. The launch is postponed for a year,” he said.
“I think it [construction according to the schedule] won’t be completed. Today, the lag is not less than 7-8 months,” Yevhen Shataikin, the chief engineer for the construction of subway to Vynohradar, said.
According to him, currently the work is not carried out in full.
“Since Oleksandr Metelytsia had been actually moved away from solving problems, a systematic non-fulfillment of the schedule began. We were set aside from the process of purchasing equipment. The equipment that was purchased today does not work in full with the speed we foresaw. We are falling behind schedule,” he said.

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METRO CASH & CARRY UKRAINE TO OPEN ANOTHER FORMAT OF STORES

Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine LLC (Kyiv) plans to start opening the Beri-Vezi store with an area of 1,500-2,000 square meters from 2019. The stores will be small wholesale bases for traders, Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine CEO Olivier Langlet has said. “Since we have 25 stores in each regional center of Ukraine, we decided that from 2019 we will continue our expansion in the country and will open satellite stores. These are small shops under the METRO brand, which will provide goods for clients-traders,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
According to Langlet, the cost of opening one store of the new format will be EUR 150,000-300,000. These stores are already operating in Lutsk and Ternopil under the METRO Base brand.
The area of the stores of the new format will be 1,500-2,000 square meters, the number of commodity items – no more than 3,000 SKU. The range will include groceries, pastries and beverages.
According to him, the company does not plan to develop large formats like hypermarkets in Ukraine.
“I can’t say now which cities we will probably go to, but we believe that we will open about 15-20 stores of this format… It is better to open more than 20 stores in the regions than one big one, since these are large costs that do not provide return on investment in a short time,” Langlet said.

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