Donetsk, Jul  20 — DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic Industry and Trade Ministry is working on a DPR market entry plan for chain stores from other Russian regions, an official said on Thursday.

“There is an interest on the part of businesses in other regions, ” DPR Industry and Trade Deputy Minister Natalia Kozina said.  “Guests from other regions who plan to open shops here have already visited us.”

“We’ve explored the idea and even leased premises that will accommodate chain stores from other regions, ” she added.

The launching of these stores will be widely advertised. Plans are in place to open 14 shops in Donetsk, Makeyevka and Mariupol in 2023 as part of the authorities’ ongoing efforts to support local entrepreneurs. Long-term plans include the launching of at least 200 chain stores in the DPR, the deputy minister said.*jk