Russian McDonald’s Restaurants Complete Card-Terminal Deployments

The 258 McDonald’s restaurants in Russia now accept bankcards, the fast-food provider’s acquirer Russian Standard Bank announced Dec. 13.

“All restaurants started card acceptance at the beginning of December, taking Visa, MasterCard and American Express, both credit and debit,” bank spokesperson Artyom Lebedev tells PaymentsSource.

The terminal deployments began in August with five locations. Since then, McDonald’s has installed more than 2,100 payment terminals in all its Russian restaurants, which serve more than 950,000 visitors per day, according to the company.

“During the pilot in August, we received confirmation that the opportunity to pay for orders using credit cards is necessary and important for our customers,” Alexey Semenov, vice president and chief financial officer at McDonald’s Eastern Europe and Russia, said in a statement.

According to Visa, more than 331,000 retail outlets in Russia–up from just 21,000 in 2000–accept its branded cards.

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