French franchise Carrefour is set to take over the stores of South Africa Shoprite Checkers Uganda Limited (i.e. Shoprite Uganda).
The Carrefour franchise in Uganda is operated by the United Arab Emirates based Majid Al Futtaim Group, which announced in a press statement on Wednesday that it had agreed the lease transfer of Shoprite Checkers Uganda Limited’s store locations.
Last month, Shoprite announced that its 21-year operations in Uganda had come to an end.
“In line with the Group’s non-[South Africa] review process, our operations in Madagascar and Uganda have been classified as discontinued,” Shoprite said in a notice to its shareholders.
The terms of the agreement see the transfer of Shoprite’s six Uganda store leases to Majid Al Futtaim by end of year
The six stores are located at Acacia Mall, Village Mall, Lugogo Mall, Clock Tower and Arena Mall, all in Kampala, and Victoria Mall in Entebbe.
As part of the agreement, the Lugogo Mall and Clock Tower properties that are owned by Shoprite will also transfer to Majid Al Futtaim.
Majid Al Futtaim currently operates two stores in Uganda, under the banner of Carrefour. Following the implementation of the agreement, Majid Al Futtaim will expand its footprint to eight Carrefour stores.
“We welcome the opportunity to bring our unique Carrefour offering of unbeatable value, range, international standards to more customers across Uganda”, commented Hani Weiss, CEO at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.
“Majid Al Futtaim is fully committed to creating great moments for the communities we serve for the long-term. This agreement represents our continued investment in East Africa. We look forward to strengthening our offering in the region and supporting local talent through employment and career development opportunities.”
Majid Al Futtaim launched its first Carrefour store in Uganda in December 2019 in Kampala’s Oasis Mall, and in March 2021 opened its second store in Naalya. It currently provides 20,000 products across its stores, of which 98% are locally sourced. Customers are also able to order products online through partnerships with Glovo and Jumia Food.
Both parties will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition of the stores and its operations. The six stores are located in Acacia Mall, Village Mall, Victoria Mall, Lugogo Mall, Clock Tower, and Arena Mall. As part of the agreement, the Lugogo Mall and Clock Tower properties will also transfer to Majid Al Futtaim who remain committed to its local supply chain and now, new tenant partners.
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