Shoprite Holdings continues to venture into Africa (Zambia)

Shoprite Holdings has confirmed that it will construct a second shopping mall that will house a Shoprite supermarket, a Hungry Lion takeaway and an OK Furniture store in Solwezi, Zambia as part of its expansion programme.

The booming activities in Solwezi have seen an increase in population which has led to Shoprite failing to meet the demand.

The group general manager-Zambia, Charles Bota, said this was in response to the growing population in North Western Province. “We have identified a site for the new store at the show grounds and this is intended to open in April 2015 and we are still doing the costing,”Bota said. At least 250 direct employees in the three companies were expected to be employed with another 100 Zambian auxiliary staff.

Recently, Mr Bota said the company had invested about K7 million (R14763.1)  to upgrade Hungry Lion Livingstone, Cairo and Freedom outlets in Lusaka as well as, Ndola’s Z-Mart mall and Solwezi outlets.

The company expects to open seven more stores in Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola, Chililabombwe, Mongu and Choma that will employ about 140 direct staff in total.

Currently the company employs 216 direct staff, out of which 22 are managers and one regional manager. –