Why supermarkets in Kenya are collapsing one-by-one like flies

City residents at the closed Nakumatt Lifestyle branch on Monrovia Street in Nairobi after the building management locked its doors over rent arrears. File


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What you need to know:

  • Nakumatt and Uchumi have been wiped out of the market and Tuskys the remaining one among the trio, is hanging by the thread.
  • Ukwala was acquired by Botswana's Choppies, which has already announced its exit from Kenya.
  • Aggressive expansion to increase presence seem to have been their strategic waterloo.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. Ten years ago, three supermarkets Nakumatt, Uchumi and Tuskys were household names dominating the retail sector.

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