Shoprite Uganda do business here?
Who ever said doing business in Africa would be boring. No one? Just as well because they would’ve been wrong. Shoprite in Naalya, Uganda, has shut shop, much to the consternation of the management of the Metroplex Shopping Mall in which it was located, but that’s another story altogether. Here we prefer to dwell on the why… why has this behemoth of continental retail expansion suffered min sales and max operational costs at Metroplex in particular? Location, location, location people, and as a result, accessibility, or lack thereof. See, with no direct drive access to the region’s major northern highway, the mall can only be accessed from one side. And this coupled with competition from smaller stores that have sprouted in almost every suburb with better location and access, Shoprite was bound to suffer.
Comment: So the small to medium-sized guys do pose a real and powerful threat when the conditions stack up in their favour. Another reason for the township folk from our previous story to smile.