In response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Jamie Oliver has announced he will be discontinuing his Jamie’s Italian restaurant and franchise operations in Russia as he joins the exodus with many big hotel groups.
A Jamie Oliver Group spokesperson has confirmed that the company is currently in the process of terminating an agreement with franchisee Ginza Project, which will see the decade-old Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Moscow erase its branding.
Many major hotel chains, including IHG, Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott International, have declared the suspension of future investments, development activity, and new hotel openings in Russia but will continue to support staff. Hilton is donating all profits from business operations in Russia to support Ukrainian refugees and humanitarian relief efforts. Meanwhile, Marriott and Hyatt continue to evaluate the abilities of their third-party-owned hotels to remain open and their existing management agreements.
Radisson, an international hotel chain headquartered in the United States, has also terminated new partnerships and investments. As third parties own the group’s properties in Russia, they will remain open to continue to support our local communities and employees in some capacity.
Accor, which features 57 hotels in its Russian portfolio, has shared its plans to suspend all planned openings, future developments, and partnerships in Russia. However, the group will continue to operate as it supports 3,500 employees, their families, and local communities.
This weekend Ginza was stripped of all Jamie’s Italian branding from the website and was demanded to shut down all branded social media.
Jamie Oliver cookery school in Moscow, which has been open for just over six years, will also be closing down following the unprovoked attack on Ukraine.