News from the country of Africa, where Shoprite and Game are both opening up stores in Kenya in the next few weeks. Shoprite’s first Mombasa store – and its third in-country – will be located in the City Mall complex, and succeeded by another two this year, one in the Karen Waterfront and the second at an undisclosed location. Wherever it may be, this is gangbusters – they only got started in December last year. The Big Red One will be going up against Naivas, with 47 stores, Tuskys, with 60, and Carrefour, and befitting from the troubles of Nakumatt, whose spot at City Mall it is taking over. Game’s third Kenyan store, and its first outside of Nairobi, is soon to open at the Kisumu Mega City Mall, also in a space vacated by Nakumatt, which is moving to cheaper premises upstairs. Kenya is a market ripe for expansion, with a growing middle class, some attractive retail property, and rapidly improving infrastructure.
Comment: A market well worth exploring for any South African business that’s nearing its ceiling back home.