Shoprite has 153 supermarkets in 16 countries outside South Africa. CEO of South African food retailer, Shoprite Holdings, Whitey Basson says the grocer is planning to expand its business across the continent with 44 new outlets in Nigeria
Onitsha Mall stands in every external and internal appearance to be a master piece of architecture, giving the south east second to none shopping experience. With these functional facilities and business enviroment : spacious parking lot, Shoprite, Mr. Price, Woolworth, 5 Continental Restaurants/Fastfoods, Banking Halls, Cineplex/Games, Flight ticketing firms, and most importantly 24 hours security surveilance e.t.c.
Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Thursday called on investors to key into the friendly business environment created by his administration and invest in the state.
Obiano made the call while inaugurating a shopping mall (Shoprite) in Onitsha, valued at N6 billion.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project which started in 2013 is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the State Government and African Capital Alliance.
The governor, who urged residents of the state to patronise the mall, disclosed that a special security arrangement had been put in place to ensure 24-hour security.
He also said that construction work from some areas near Onitsha, leading to the mall had commenced to ease traffic at the mall.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, said that although the project was embarked upon by the immediate past administration, the present administration had spent more than 60 per cent of the total cost.
Chukwulobelu assured that the Shoprite mall under construction in Awka would also be inaugurated soon.
Also speaking, the Director of African Capital Alliance, Mr Osita Okonkwo, said that the project would provide jobs for over 1,000 people.
Okonkwo said that about 70 per cent of small-scale products to be at the mall would be sourced within the state.
“This is a shining example of what can be achieved between private and public partnership.”
He noted that the project had resulted in the upgrading of power lines and roads in the area.
Urging people to take advantage of opportunities offered by the mall, Okonkwo commended the government and people of the state for welcoming the investment.
In an interview, the Chairman of the South East Traders Association, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, described the outfit as an attestation of the investment friendly policy of the State Government.
Ezenwankwo said the mall would attract more opportunities for citizens of the state and serve as an alternative to various markets in Onitsha.