• Massmart reorients growth efforts towards East Africa and Zambia

    South African retailer Massmart, in which Walmart holds a majority stake, intends to open 47 new stores by 2021, with about a third of this space to be located outside of its domestic market. According to CEO Guy Hayward, “Zambia and East Africa are interesting to us because they’re not totally dependent on mineral resources

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  • East Africa’s largest supermarket chain prepares to go public

    Tuskys, which operates more than 60 stores in Kenya and Uganda and has overtaken the faltering Nakumatt to become the region’s largest retailer, is planning to list on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) this year. “We will definitely join the main market segment. Two weeks ago, we entered an incubation period with the NSE. This

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  • The quickening pace of retail modernisation in Kenya

    Family-owned Quickmart opened its tenth outlet (and the first to open 24 hours a day) in Valley Arcade in the affluent Nairobi suburb of Lavington during January. “This area is populated by high-income shoppers who require the flexibility of shopping at any time,” Betty Wamaitha, head of marketing at Quickmart, told local media. The store

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  • Another international player enters the Kenyan grocery retail market

    The takeover of supermarket chain Tumaini Self Service Ltd. by Sokoni Retail Kenya was approved by the Competition Authority of Kenya in December, adding to the list of international players (including Carrefour, Choppies and Shoprite) jostling for a piece of the local market. Sokoni Retail Kenya is an investment vehicle of private equity firm Adenia

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  • Nairobi’s mall boom sets the stage for fierce supermarket struggle

    The Waterfront mall opened in Nairobi on Jamhuri Day (Kenyan independence day – December 12th). With close to 18,600m² of GLA, the 20 hectare site boasts more than 1,000 parking spaces, a 14,000m² artificial lake and a 1.2km running and walking track. With these leisure facilities and regular cultural events, management are clearly hoping to

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  • Decathlon sets up shop in Africa’s athletics superpower

    The French sportswear and sports equipment retailer has opened its first store in Kenya. The 1,500m² outlet, which the chain describes as a “flagship” store, is located at The Hub Karen mall in Nairobi. Decathlon has indicated that it is planning to open additional stores in the country. Famed for their prowess as distance runners,

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  • Nakumatt and Uchumi continue their downward spirals

    A number of suppliers have joined Githunguri Dairy in filing for Kenyan supermarket chain Uchumi to be wound up, while rival Nakumatt is faring little better. More than 20 of Uchumi’s creditors are seeking to recover debts amounting to KES900 million (USD8.8 million). The retailer was also recently evicted from its headquarters in Nairobi Industrial

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  • Gimme shelter

    Traditional retailers in Nakuru County, which is located to the northwest of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, are seeking protection from the growing threat posed by modern formats to their livelihood by means of a ban on the sale of fresh produce in local supermarkets. Hezron Muiri, one of the traders behind this campaign, claimed “The

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  • Nairobi malls feel the squeeze

    There are growing signs of downward pressure on mall rents in the Kenyan capital, with a number of sitting tenants securing rent reductions and prospective tenants being offered rent holidays by landlords “Rental income has come slightly under pressure due to a temporary increase in vacancies, coupled with some tenants bargaining for reduced rentals upon

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  • Mango loves Kenya

    During mid-October, Spanish fast-fashion retailer Mango took to LinkedIn to proclaim “Mango loves Kenya,” revealing that the brand is coming to Nairobi’s Westgate Mall. The store will have a GLA (gross leasable area) of 620m², which will make it the largest Mango outlet in sub-Saharan Africa. The store will adhere to Mango’s new interior design

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