Kit Kat Cash and Carry began life as the Kit Kat Café in the old Asiatic Bazaar in 1953. Today, the Gauteng-based business boasts four big-box cash and carry stores, with another one opening in Crown Mines this week and a sixth in Mamelodi in November, four hybrid Express Cash and Carrys, and 21 Express Supermarkets, serving LSMs one through eight by that discontinued, but still useful, measurement. The Crown Mines store is an all-new 23,000m2 behemoth, which will carry around 22,000 SKUs, from “bricks to bread” in the words of CEO Riaz Gani, and offer payment services including lights and water, and DStv. It will soon be launching its own loyalty programme, driven by the data from hundreds of thousands of daily transactions, from tuck shops and schools to consumers.
Comment: As Kit Kat demonstrates, South Africa’s independent retail and wholesale trade is thriving and growing, offering all the services, value and convenience of its corporate counterparts. For more on doing business in this vibrant sector, join Trade Intelligence at our annual Independent Trade Forum on 19 and 20 October.