115 Rendered Jobless As Shoprite Closes Second Branch In 4 Months


Africa’s largest chain retailer has announced closure of its City Mall branch in Nyali, Mombasa, four months after closing Nairobi’s Karen branch.

The move will see at least 115 workers rendered jobless adding to the 104 fired in April. In a notice to the Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers (KUCFW), Shoprite said the move was occasioned by reducing customer footfalls to their stores.

“Endeavour to continue trading at the Nyali branch is no longer viable. Financial and other data will be provided and discussed at a proposed meeting,” Shoprite said in the notice.

“It is contemplated that the intended date of termination on account of redundancy will be August 31, 2020. There are currently 115 persons employed at the branch of which 92 are members of KUCFW.”

Shoprite, which owns more than 2,800 outlets across Africa, said Monday that it was considering reducing or selling all of its stake in its Nigerian subsidiary.

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