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Carrefour opens its fifth store in Nairobi in expansion strategy

French retailer Carrefour hypermarket on Thursday opened its fifth retail store in Nairobi, taking up space vacated by the struggling Uchumi Supermarket at Sarit Centre Mall.

The new hypermarket is located on the ground floor and will be the third space Carrefour has taken from two of Kenya’s struggling retailers.

In January, Carrefour opened its fourth store at the Junction Mall, previously occupied by Nakumatt Holdings.

The company’s other outlets are at The Hub in Karen, Two Rivers Mall and Thika Road Mall.

The Majid Al Futtaim, franchise holder of Carrefour, said they will initially operate using the partial selling area model, similar to what Carrefour has applied in its TRM and Junction stores.

The location of the store at the ground floor is temporary as they have already signed up as one of the first clients at the new wing of the mall, scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

With the new store at Sarit Centre, the retailer’s staff base will increase to 1,400 employees.

Uchumi closed the Sarit Centre branch in January after more than 30 years in operation.

Majid Al Futtaim currently operates over 230 Carrefour stores across 15 markets.