Tuskys supermarket opens new store in Uganda

Tuskys supermarkets has opened a new store in Uganda bringing the total..

Tuskys CEO Dan Githua

Making the announcement, Tuskys’ chief executive, Dan Githua, said the new store was located in Nansana town, 15 kilometres from Kampala.

Githua added that the new store was about 7,000 square feet which is smaller as compared to its Kenyan outlets which are about 25,0000 square feet.

"We have expanded in Uganda since we believe the country still has significant untapped retail potential.

“Our stores in Uganda are typically smaller since the Ugandan market is unique to the extent that most of our sales are in the ready foods segment and fast moving consumer goods. A small store with a deli and bakery is adequate,” Mr Githua was quoted by Business Daily.

The retailer has 54 stores in Kenya after recently closing one of its branches in Nairobi.

The chief executive disclosed that the Express branch on Nairobi’s Sheikh Karume Road was shut down since management felt the business had enough presence in the area.

In December 2013, Tuskys lost its store next to the Fire Station along Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi to rival Eastmatt.

Meanwhile, Tuskys biggest rival, Nakumatt already has nine stores in Uganda and three in Tanzania.

The retailer’s expansion plans come amid an ongoing tussle between the two brothers who have been fighting to control the vast wealth of Tuskys.

Despite the wrangles, the retailer recently launched an internship programme where they train individuals in different areas of the supermarket.

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