Tuskys Supermarkets has from today closed its “Beba Beba” branch located within the Nairobi Centra Business District.
The retail chain announced yesterday that it was forced to shut down the Tom Mboya Street branch, opened 11 years ago, after a change of ownership of the property it has rented.
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The Beba Beba branch is popular with commuters using Thika Highway, Murang’a Road, Parklands and Juja Road as well as people working in adjacent areas, making it one of the busiest outlets under the Tuskys family.
“The Bank of Baroda has been our landlord for 11 years,” says Tuskys management in a statement. “The bank has now informed us that they have sold the property. The new owner has notified us of their intent to re-develop the property. Consequently, we have to close business in that location effective 2nd May 2017.”
This is the third outlet being shut down in the city centre. Late February the company’s Sheikh Karume road branch was closed after alleged fallout with the landlord.
In December 2013 lost its store right opposite Beba Beba next to the Fire Station along Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi to rival Eastmatt. Tuskys attributed closure of the store to failure to agree on lease terms with the landlord.
“We thank you for your continued support since Tuskys Beba Beba on Tom Mboya Street was opened 11 years ago. The branch has been convenient stop-over shopping for many customers as they pick their commute home,” Tuskys said.
The company said it had put measures in place to accommodate Beba Beba customers in our other CBD branches such as the nearby Tuskys Imara at the Commercial bus stage, Tuskys Chap Chap City Market, Tuskys Kenyatta Avenue, Tuskys Magic on Ronald Ngala, Tuskys Pioneer near August 7th Memorial Park, among others.
It said the Beba Beba branch would be reopened in a new location. Meanwhile, all the 104 employees in Tuskys Beba Beba will be absorbed in other branches, it added.