, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Nakumatt Holdings has confirmed plans to open its third North Rift region branch, in Kitale town, this weekend.
As part of the retailer’s regional expansion plans, Nakumatt Kitale, is a Sh140 million investment, located at the new Mega Centre Mall and will be opening its doors Saturday morning.
Nakumatt Kitale the 46th Nakumatt branch across the East African region, joins the Eldoret based Nakumatt Household and Nakumatt Eldo Centre branches as the third North Rift region branch.
According to Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director Atul Shah, who was speaking when he paid a courtesy call to the Trans Nzoia County Governor, Patrick Khaemba, the opening of Nakumatt Kitale, now formally kicks off a project by the firm to establish its presence at all local counties in the next five years.
To sustain the project, Nakumatt Holdings, he said, is currently engaging with a number of property developers across the country to guarantee a steady supply of suitable malls in Machakos, Nyeri, Kajiado, Garissa, Embu, Narok and Homabay in the first and second phases of the project.
Citing the lack of suitable malls as one of the major drawbacks in facilitating nationwide expansion, Shah expressed the firm’s commitment to collaborate with the county governments and private sector investors to boost the supply of such facilities.
The Nakumatt team leader said the retailer will be seeking to enhance formal retail trade at the county level. Beyond the much needed job creation, the project, the Nakumatt County rollout project, he said will also provide a market platform for local produce.
“Nakumatt Holdings is committed to support county level development and through this project which could see us register nationwide presence in the next five years,” Shah said.
“As we open our first county level outlet in Kitale this weekend, we shall be at hand to engage with the county governments in a partnership project geared at promoting retail access for various locally produced products,” Shah assured.
“This project will involve a wide range of skills transfer and guidance to ensure that the local produce meets the required, quality, packaging and related standards.”
The supermarket presence at Mega Centre will be further complemented by the relocation of a number of key commercials banks to the new mall.
The mall also houses a new Aga Khan University Hospital Clinic, JKUAT and Kisii university Kitale satellite campuses.