The Roundup Tidings of comfort and joy
OK, normally we might consider it to be beneath us somewhat to report on the doings of a single-store outfit, but this time we’d be wrong. Durban’s Brett Latimer and Paul Beltramo have dropped 75 bar on opening a 2400m2 super on The Bluff in Durban, and called it Oxford Freshmarket. The last time they started a business named after a posh English university, they sold it to Massmart for R500million. Woolies have entered into a partnership with Deacons, their one-time major franchisees in Kenya, to run their retailing operation there under the banner of a new business, Woolworths Kenya Proprietary limited, as a JV in which the Dapper One will hold a 51% stake. Choppies have launched their first South African hyper, a 3610m2 whopper in Brits, Northwest. Game have increased their grocery allocation to 20% of retail space, with a long-term strategy to grow to 5000 line items in all its stores, and 85 Game Foodcos up and running by 2016. Pick n Pay’s champion franchisees John and Peter Baladakis are opening a 3800m2 concept store in Brentwood Park in the East Rand, and Shoprite are pretty much keeping on keeping on.