Auctioneers Raid, Close Tuskys Greenspan Mall Over Ksh30 Million Rent Arrears

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Auctioneers from Sannex Auctioneers on Monday raided and closed down Tuskys Supermarket Greenspan Mall over a Ksh30 million rent arrears.

This comes days after Tuskys Kisumu branch was closed over a Ksh26 million rent arrears owed to United Mall owners. The branch was however reopened after Tuskys paid Ksh15 million, and struck a deal with the landlord.

The stock at the Greenspan Mall is set to be auctioned on Tuesday, September 22 if the troubled retailer does not clear the rent arrears.

Last week, Hotpoint Appliances Limited filed a petition to have Tuskys Supermarket Liquidated in a bid to recover Ksh100 million owed for the supply of electronics.

In a legal notice published on the Daily Nation, Hotpoint Appliances, through their lawyer, Macharia-Mwangi & Njeru announced that the petition will be heard in the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi Commercial and Tax Division in Insolvency Petition No. EO18 of 2020.

“Any other creditor or contributory of the said company desirous to support or oppose the making of an order on the said petition may appear at the time of hearing in person or by his advocate for that purpose and a copy of the petition will be furnished,” read the notice in part.

The petition came two weeks after Tuskys confirmed that it had signed terms of agreement with a Mauritius based fund for the provision of a financing facility amounting to Ksh2 billion.

In a statement, Tuskys said that the money will be released subject to fulfilling transaction condition precedents.

The funding would help alleviate the current capital constraints that has seen the retailers shelves run empty as creditors threaten to withdraw

“As previously communicated, we wish to reiterate our commitment to resolve the underlying working capital challenges quickly. This funding will provide the needed impetus to our overall capitalization journey,” said Tuskys chairman Bernard Kahianyu.

“The Tuskys Board and Management will engage all stakeholders in the coming days to agree on business modalities going forward.”

The retailer however did not reveal the name of the fund,.

In July, Tuskys shareholders agreed to sell a majority stake of the company and have been awaiting the acquisition of an investment suitor.

Children of Tuskys Joram Kamau among them Yusuf Mugweru, Mary Njoki, Sammy Gatei, Stephen Mukuha, John Kago and George Gashwe have been fighting for the control of their father’s company, something though to have rocked the stability of the retailer.

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