Shoprite came into Nigeria in December 2005, when they opened a store in The Palms shopping centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. Shoprite has since opened stores in Surulere and Ikeja in Lagos; and another store in Enugu and Abuja.
The peaceful city of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state, Nigeria; will in a few weeks to come have the pleasure of playing host to the leading supermarket store in Africa – Shoprite. The store which will be situated at the newly constructed Kwara Mall is said to be the fourth largest center in Nigeria.
Kwara Mall is a joint venture between Persianas and the Kwara State government. While Persianas, the owners of the Palms Shopping Centre, VI, as well as Polo Parks, Enugu, secured the financing, tenants, and development expertise, the Kwara State government contributed the land as an equity contribution to the project.
The store when opened will boast of 3,700 square metre shopping space, comparable to the one at the Palms in Lekki and will have as neighbours a rich line of other international brands such as KFC and Max clothing. The store has already begun discussions with local farmers and suppliers to ensure efficient delivery of products and services. It is also confirmed as at press time that the charity arm of Shoprite has extended its Help-Change-A-Life CSR campaign to the state by donating fifty thousand Naira worth of shopping groceries to the Kwara state children reception centre.
Shoprite which continues to enjoy huge patronage in its recently opened store in the FCT Abuja has set the end of November for the grand opening of the Ilorin store. When it is opened, this would be the sixth store in Nigeria. More developmental projects are still planned for the other parts of the country.
The city of Ilorin which is naturally endowed with adequate vast and rich agricultural land is also popularly referred to as the city of lawyers and scholars. There is no doubt that when the doors of the Shoprite store are flung open to the public, they will be enjoying first class shopping experience like never before.
Shoprite is the leading retailer across Africa and is the brand of choice for many consumers across the African continent. Shoprite’s large following of loyal customers can be attributed to their ability to offer the widest range of products and the highest standards of freshness and quality whilst always maintaining the lowest prices.