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Naivas Set to Hire 240 Workers in Expansion Plan

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Supermarket chain Naivas is getting ready to open two more branches in Nairobi in November.

One of the two new supermarkets is located at Lifestyle Mall in Nairobi, a space previously occupied by Nakumatt. It is to be opened as early as the week starting Monday, November 23.

The other new branch, to be opened around the same time, is located in Rongai town. Notably, the company revealed that it would hire about 240 workers for the new outlets.

It is the latest move in an expansion plan that has seen Naivas grow its outlets around the country to 68.

“The two stores will be opened next week. The Lifestyle Mall branch will be operational in the week starting November 23. We expect the other branch in Rongai to be opened the same week,” Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Willy Kimani confirmed.

A Naivas store pictured in Kilimani, Nairobi
A Naivas store pictured in Kilimani, Nairobi

The two new branches will have fast-moving consumer goods, electronics, alcohol, fresh vegetables and packed foods among other items.

Other than the Rongai and Naivas branches, Naivas plans on opening two more outlets by the end of 2020, which would bring their total branches to 70.

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Naivas has continued to invest in expanding its branch network in recent years, despite the slow demise of major players in the industry.

Sagging under the weight of multi-billion shilling debts, Nakumatt, once the country’s biggest retailer was forced to fold in January.

Tuskys, on the other hand, has been left with empty shelves as suppliers protest failure by the retailer to service long-standing debts.

Naivas and Carrefour have, notably, been keen to fill the void left by the major players, particularly by replacing them as anchor tenants at key locations.

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MARTIN SIELEhttps://loud.co.ke/
Martin K.N Siele is the Content Lead at Business Today. He is also a Quartz contributor and a 2021 Baraza Media Lab-Fringe Graph Data Storytelling Fellow. Passionate about digital media, sports and entertainment, Siele also founded Loud.co.ke
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