Shoprite nigeria closes Maryland store, reopens Lekki outlet looted during #EndSARS

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Retail Supermarket owners of Shoprite in Nigeria, have announced plans to reopen the Circle Mall Store located in Jakande, Lekki Lagos.

The Jakande and Maryland store was closed following the vandalisation that erupted after the EndSARS protests in late 2020.

Tayo Amusan Chairman RSNL,  said the reopening of the Jakande, Lekki store serves as an opportunity to show customers its operations for continued productivity.

The retail company also announced plans to open new stores in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Benin and Jos as part of its expansion plans, increasing the company’s presence to almost 30 stores in the country.

Meanwhile, on why the company closed the Shoprite Maryland, the statement said, “We have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to discontinue business operations from Maryland, for now. We thank the surrounding community for years of patronage and loyalty. Our commitment to Lagos state is unwavering and we look forward to providing area shoppers with enhanced shopping experiences in the future.”

It added, “RSNL is looking to achieve faster growth, have greater impact, and allocate resources, including its workforce (comprising 2,000 workers, 99 percent of whom are Nigerian citizens) to more profitable investments.

‘Since acquiring the business in June 2021, we have achieved very impressive, above inflation, growth in sales and are looking to build on that success while continuing our investment in different parts of Nigeria, with the support of our stakeholders.”

With the new store openings, Shoprite said it would be building on its existing store locations across 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

– Punch

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