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  • Morocco Mall spreads its wings

    Groupe Askal has unveiled plans to bring its Morocco Mall brand to Rabat and Marrakesh. The original Morocco Mall opened its doors in Casablanca during 2011. It is the largest mall in Morocco (with a gross leasable area – GLA – of 70,000m²) and one of only five malls in Morocco (and 33 in Africa

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  • Shoprite stabilises sales in sub-Saharan Africa

    South African retailer Shoprite, the largest operator of supermarkets in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), saw the annual rate of decline in its sales in that region slow from -4.9% to -1.5% between Q3 and Q4 of 2019. During the period July-December (the first half of its financial year), sales declined by 3.1%, to ZAR10.8 billion (USD736

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  • French PE fund set to take stake in Kenyan supermarket chain

    Kenyan newspaper Business Daily reports that Paris-based private-equity fund Amethis is to acquire a 30% stake in Kenyan supermarket chain Naivas. According to “sources familiar with the transaction,” “Talks are at an advanced stage, with the parties now awaiting regulatory approval before making a formal announcement.” Naivas opened its 60th store in December 2019 and

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  • Delayed for over a year, Choppies FY2018 annual report makes for grim reading

    During mid-December, Choppies finally published its financial results for the 12 months to June 2018 (FY2018). The Botswanan retailer’s losses deepened during the year, from an upwardly revised BWP169.8 million (USD16.9 million) in FY2017 to BWP444.5 million (USD44.2 million) during FY2018. Auditor PwC refused to sign off on its accounts, stating that “We have not

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  • KFC arrives in Dakar and Khartoum, with Kigali next on the list

    KFC opened outlets in Senegal and Sudan during late 2019, bringing to 22 the number of African countries in which it operates. This figure is set to rise to 23 in the near future, with plans to bring the brand to Rwanda recently unveiled on Instagram. KFC, a subsidiary of US-based Yum! Brands, is by

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  • Carrefour expands in East Africa, while Naivas gobbles up what’s left of Nakumatt in Kenya

    Carrefour franchisee Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) opened its first supermarket in Uganda during December and is due to enter the Tanzanian market in the very near future. The Ugandan store is located in Kampala’s Oasis Mall and has a sales area of 2,800m2. This mall formerly hosted Kenyan chain Nakumatt. Its first Tanzanian outlet will

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  • CityDia opens 18th supermarket in Ghana

    CityDia opened a supermarket in the Accra suburb of Dansoman during mid-December 2018. 16 of its 18 stores are located in Accra, with one apiece in Kusami and Kyebi. It is also planning to build a 20,000m² distribution centre in the capital. João Rente Correia, general manager of CityDia Ghana, who previously worked for Portuguese

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  • Fighting for survival, Choppies prepares to exit South Africa

    Botswana-based Choppies, which at its peak operated more than 240 supermarkets in eight countries across Southern and Eastern Africa, has agreed the sale of its South African operations to Kind Investments Proprietary Limited for ZAR1 (USD0.07), including the assumption of all of the subsidiary’s debts. The deal is expected to close by February 2020. As

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  • Ivorian retailer seeks to remake the traditional market

    Supermarkets continue their inexorable growth across much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but some local entrepreneurs are attempting to hybridise this format with traditional markets to produce something that is uniquely African. The Prince Ebeano supermarket chain in Nigeria is one example of this, but Socofrais is taking the concept a step further in Abidjan, the

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  • New investment for Kenyan catalogue retailer

    Nairobi-based Copia has raised USD26 million in a Series-B equity round led by UK-based impact investment fund LGT Lightstone. Impact investing refers to investments that are made with the aim of generating a measurable social, or environmental benefit, in addition to a financial return. According to Copia, it intends to use this investment to expand

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