NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – Supermarket chains Carrefour, Shoprite and Choppies are bidding to take up anchor space at the new Lake Basin Mall in Kisumu set to open in March after a two-year delay.
The winning bid will take up 40 percent of the space available at the Sh4 billion mall which has 40 shops, a three-star hotel, showrooms and a doctor’s plaza.
“There are other tenants who can add up the figure to 70 percent, but they have not committed themselves fully. We are very optimistic that once the anchor tenant is announced, we will have others taking up space. Bata and Sameer Africa have also expressed interest in the mall,” LBDA Managing Director Evans Atera told Construction Review.
Currently, Carrefour has 7 branches in malls such as Sarit Centre, Village Market and the Hub Karen, while Shoprite has branches in Garden City and along Mombasa Road.
French retailer Carrefour, South Africa’s Shoprite and Botswana’s Choppies have declared their intentions of expanding their presence in Kenya with local retailers also filling in the gap left by Nakumatt and Uchumi.