Majid Al Futtaim, is set to open its third Carrefour store tomorrow, signalling commitment to the growth and expansion of its footprint in Kenya. Carrefour replaces Nakumatt Supermarket that was evicted weeks ago for defaulting rent and utility fees.
The new store at the popular Thika Road Mall “TRM” will operate with partial area and product range as major refurbishment work gets underway in the 5,000 square metre selling area. The store currently stocks the most common consumer goods on the upper level of the hypermarket, before opening the lower section by mid-2018.
The launch comes at a time Nakumatt stores are closing down, through eviction, with the latest hint of a possible shut down being the Garden City branch hence carrefour will serve the bulging population on Thika Road following the vaccum in retail market.
“We are pleased and honoured to be bringing our services closer to the residents of Roysambu and Kasarani, as well as the growing number of those travelling along the busy Thika Road. Although we are temporarily offering a partial product range, we continue to stand by our commitment to deliver high quality products at the most competitive prices, in the best possible environment.” Franck Moreau, Country Manager, at Majid Al Futtaim – Retail Kenya said.
When fully operational later next year, the new store will stock over 30,000 items, and host some of their specialist sections such as, fresh produce, groceries, a fresh bakery, and a butchery, which have been received very well by customers in already operating stores.
According to the Country Manager Majid Al Futtaim, the franchise is adamant to make a positive impact on local suppliers who provide 99% of all items stocked, a tradition that has not fully been upheld by local stores.
The Thika Road Mall store becomes the third Carrefour store in Kenya, with the first two- at The Hub in Karen and at Two Rivers Mall, opened in May 2016 and March 2017, respectively. It brings total staff at Carrefour in Kenya to 800, with 200 already assigned to the Thika Road Mall store.
Mr. Moreau added that Majid Al Futtaim. who hold the exclusive franchise rights to operate Carrefour in 38 countries. is still seeking opportunities to open stores in strategic locations within Kenya and the rest of the greater East African region in the coming years. This is in line to attaining the company’s plans to cater for the growing population yearning for a wide range of products, sold at the best prices in the best possible environment.