Uchumi closes Nairobi shops to re-stock

By GW Reporter

Uchumi Supermarkets has temporarily closed its branches in Nairobi to restock shelves.

A notice from the management says the retail chain will open to the public on December 14 after the exercise.

The announcement comes days after its Chief Executive Officer Julius Ngetich quit with effect from November 30, this year from the position two years in service. The Board said it had started the process of identifying a suitable successor who will be announced in due course.

Uchumi like the fledgling Nakumatt Supermarket are Kenyan companies with branches across East Africa.

But the two supermarket chains have faced numerous financial problems putting them at awkward position with their suppliers leading to empty shelves in most of its branches.

Lack of essential products has forced Nakumatt to close a number of branches in Kenya and across the East African region.

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