KENYA – Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) and the regional franchise holder of Carrefour has opened a new outlet in Nairobi’s Nextgen Mall, along Mombasa Road.

The new store occupying 1,800 square feet, is the tenth for the retailer in Kenya, stepping up competition for retailers such as Naivas and Quickmart who are also in an expansion spree, reports Business Daily.

“It’s finally here! The new Carrefour is now open at the Nextgen Mall. Bring your friends and family for the same quality products and unbeatable prices,” said the retailer on its social media page.

The new store comes barely a month after the retailer opened its first branch outside Nairobi at City Mall in Nyali.

Apart from City Mall branch, Carrefour has taken up spaces previously occupied by struggling retailers Uchumi, Shoprite and Nakumatt at prime spots including Village Market, Sarit Centre, Junction Mall, Galleria, Mega Hypermarket, Thika Road Mall and becoming first anchor tenant at Two Rivers Mall and The Hub Mall.

“It’s finally here! The new Carrefour is now open at the Nextgen Mall. Bring your friends and family for the same quality products and unbeatable prices.”

Carrefour Kenya

In a bid to enhance shopping experience of its shoppers, the retailer recently launched an online shopping app dubbed MAF Carrefour App, to enable customers to shop for their essentials virtually and have them delivered to their preferred location.

In other related news, Cash strapped retailer, Uchumi has injected life back to its Lang’ata hub under a new market concept allowing businesses to lease out spaces.

The move is targeting farmers who sell fresh produce alongside small and medium enterprises (SMEs), reports Citizen News.

“The weekly SME Market is designed specifically for the interest of small and medium enterprises, allowing both exhibitors and visitors alike to forge new business opportunities.

“Serving as a platform for networking and product showcasing, the event aims to give existing SME’s a higher market presence in today’s competitive economy,” Uchumi’s CEO Mohamed Mohamed told Citizen Digital.

Vendors will be allowed to sell their wares during the weekends by renting out spaces inside Uchumi Lang’ata Hyper.

Uchumi expects to derive income from renting out the spaces whose charges range from Ksh. 2,500 (US$22) for smaller spaces to Ksh. 10,000 (US$90) for premium spots.

“These SMEs will also have an opportunity to have their products on our shelves. Uchumi Supermarkets Plc plans to allocate shelf space for the SME products and incubate them towards growth and compliance,” said Mohamed.

“It is important to note that Uchumi Supermarkets Plc was originally designed to give manufacturers and SMEs a platform. We are sticking to our roots,” he added.

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