figure By DOREEN WAINAINAH Botswana retailer Choppies is expanding to Ongata Rongai, taking over the space previously occupied by Uchumi Supermarkets.Choppies will be joining Tuskys, Tumaini and Cleanshelf in the race to capture the populous Rongai as part of its Kenya expansion plan.
Choppies' move to replace Uchumi replicates similar actions by Naivas, Carrefour and Tuskys who have stepped in to occupy spaces from which the financially-strapped retail chains Nakumatt and Uchumi have been kicked out.The spirited entry into Kenya by multinational chain stores is stiffening competition, pitting new players against the local family-owned retailers.
He wishes Tuskys
could, as a reward to loyal customers, offer a free bag for shopping up to a certain limit.
We want to show our gratitude even by working closely with the federation," said Tusky
's CEO Dan Githua.
While at that,Tuskys supermarket which had proposed a deal to help Nakumatt back on its feet backed out on Thursday last week.The two filed an application at the Competition Authority for exemption of a management contract that would see Tuskys offer management services to Nakumatt.
The deal would also allow Tuskys to issue recurring guarantees to suppliers and in return pocket one per cent of sales, a deal that was opposed with one of Tuskys shareholders Yusuf Mugweru.
Tuskys grew cold feet because of some aspects of the revival proposal presented by Kahi.
While at that, Tuskys supermarket, which had proposed a deal to help Nakumatt back on its feet, backed out on Thursday last week.
"As a result, we are instructed to advise you that Tusker Mattresses Limited is re-considering its proposed investment in Nakumatt Holdings Limited," a letter by Tuskys to the Competition Authority said.
The 14 landlords also attributed their decision to the decision of Tuskys pulling out of the proposed deal saying there is no viable alternative offered.