Carrefour opens first store in UgandaKyambadde (centre), said with rapid urbanization, there is an increased demand for superior and high-quality products offered at great value.
The first Carrefour store in Uganda was officially opened by trade, industry and cooperatives minister, Amelia Kyambadde in Kampala recently.
“The entry of a global retail brand like Carrefour goes a long way in ensuring that the expanding community is catered to. With rapid urbanization, there is an increased demand for superior and high-quality products offered at great value, and we are very confident that in Majid Al Futtaim, we have the right partner,” she said.
Majid Al Futtaim, is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Located at the popular Oasis Mall, the store covers 2,800 square metres, catering to the evolving customer needs in Uganda and responding to the growing demand for modern retail in Kampala. Carrefour offers shoppers great value and choice, through a combination of offers and promotions while delivering unbeatable prices, quality and its renowned customer service.
Hani Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Retail said Carrefour’s first launch in Uganda is an integral part in the retailer’s long-term ambition of strengthening its presence in the East African region:
“We are committed to operating in Uganda for the long term and are happy for the opportunity to contribute to further developing the retail sector to the benefit of the community.
He said, “Carrefour is here to modernize the grocery retail sector by bringing international best practices, and delivering the best value products to our customers, as we work to realize our vision of creating great moments for everyone everyday”.
The store stocks up to 20,000 products, a mix of international and local brands, all certified by relevant government agencies, applying international hygiene standards in order to guarantee food safety to customers.
The Minister said, “By building the capacity of local suppliers, Majid Al Futtaim is encouraging value addition which will in turn help to boost household incomes. This supplements the Government’s job creation efforts.”
She said by buying from local suppliers, Majid Al Futtaim is also helping to strengthen the government’s ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda’ policy and that they will continue to support companies that promote inclusive growth in their operations.
Majid Al Futtaim has recruited 130 Ugandan employees and has contracted 50 more from external local companies. The company has also engaged 260 local suppliers to stock the Carrefour store in Uganda. The company owns the franchise rights to operate the Carrefour brand in over 30 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Today it operates over 300 stores in 16 countries across that network.