Uganda welcomes second Carrefour store as the retailer continues with expansion plans in East Africa

UGANDA – Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) and the regional franchise holder of Carrefour has opened its second store in Uganda.

Launch of the new outlet located at Metroplex Shopping Mall in Kampala, follows one-year anniversary celebration of Carrefour’s inaugural hypermarket in the country, located in Oasis Mall that opened its doors in February 2020.

With the new shop, Carrefour has taken up space previously occupied by collapsed Nakumatt Holdings and Shoprite, reports The East African.

Spanning over 2,050 square meters, the branch seeks to offer unrivalled choice of more than 20,000 products including freshly baked pastries, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, meat, cheese, ready-to-eat meals, as well as a wide selection of non-food products.

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About 90 per cent of these items will be sourced locally with the retailer seeking to offer a mix of international and local brands.

“With this expansion, we are delivering more convenient and modernised shopping experiences to more of our Ugandan customers.

Carrefour Kenya registered 30% rise in sales in 2020

“This new Carrefour not only offers a wide range of products sold at the best prices, but also uplifts the surrounding community by creating direct and indirect employment opportunities for over 90 Ugandans,” said Franck Moreau, country manager Uganda and Kenya, at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

True to its ambition to lead digital innovation in grocery retail, Carrefour Uganda also provides on-demand delivery services from both Oasis and Metroplex stores through its partners Jumia Food and Glovo.

These services allow customers to order from the safety and comfort of their home and have their goods delivered right to their doorstep.

Carrefour is currently on an expansion spree within the East Africa region as it has recently undertaken a series of new outlet openings in Kenya.

Currently boasting of 12 branch counts, Carrefour is now the 3rd largest supermarket chain in Kenya, behind Naivas and Quickmart and leading International retailer in a market where its counterparts such as Shoprite and Choppies have opted to close shop, citing unprofitability of market.

In 2020, the retailer shrugged off effects of Covid-19 pandemic to post Ksh25.3 billion (US$230.4m) from its Kenyan outlets, 30.2 percent jump in sales from Ksh19.4 billion (US$176.6m) recorded in 2019.

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The growth is attributed to its resilience yet aggressive expansion plan and partly due to some competitors’ exit.

The parent company has revealed that revenue grew despite a Ksh1.4 billion (US$12.75m) drop in the retailer’s total assets having decreased to Ksh5.9 billion (US$53.7m) from Ksh7.4 billion (US$67.39m) in 2019.

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