Shoprite shuts down its branch at Bayero Mall in Kano and cites Nigeria’s difficult ‘current business climate'

Monday, January 15, 2024
 – The Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited (RSNL), operator of the Shoprite franchise in Nigeria has finally closed its Ado Bayero Mall Store, Kano, Kano State Northwest Nigeria.

On December 14th last year, Shoprite announced the closure of its Ado Bayero Mall Store, Kano from January 14, 2024.

A video Imran Muhammad shared on his X, seen by SaharaReporters shows empty shelves in the Kano Mall. 

A voice in the 27-second video lamented that only drinks were still available at the Shoprite store at the time it was being shot.

In a closing announcement dated December 7, 2023, signed by Mubertus Rick for the company, the company said the decision to close the store was taken after careful evaluation of its financial situation and the current business climate.

Titled: "Ado Bayero Mall Store Closing Announcement," the announcement addressed to employees reads: "I regret to inform you that our Stores in Ado Bayero Mall, Kano, Kano State will be closing its doors on January 14, 2024. This decision was not made lightly, as we understand the impact it may have on our employees and the community.

"However, after careful evaluation of the financial situation of the store and the current business climate, we believe it is the best course of action for the long-term growth of our organization.

"We understand that this news may be difficult to digest, and we want to assure you that we are here to support you during this transitional period. Your well-being is our top priority, and we will do everything we can to assist you in finding new opportunities within our company.

"We encourage you to apply for any vacant positions in our existing stores across the country through the Human Resources department. Additionally, we will be opening new stores in the coming months, and you are welcome to apply for employment there as well.

"We deeply appreciate your dedication, hard work, and commitment to our company throughout the years. Your contributions have been invaluable, and we are grateful for the value you have brought to our team.

"As we navigate this transition, we will ensure that the process is as seamless as possible for everyone involved. In the upcoming days and weeks, we will provide you with more information regarding severance packages and other important details.

"Once again, we want to express our gratitude for your contributions to our company's success. We hope that you will stay connected with us as we move forward. If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, the Chief Operating Officer, or our Head of Human Resources."

According to information on its website, RSNL launched its first Nigerian store in Lagos in December 2005 and has expanded to 26 outlets across 14 states in the country. The company also has a 4,732-square-meter distribution centre in Lagos, which facilitates direct delivery from local farmers for Freshmark-Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm.

Some Nigerians have decried the closure, noting that the company has thrown hundreds of Nigerians back into the labour market at a time when the country is facing a ravaging economic crunch.

@Nwafresh wrote: "At least they kept to their words thereby making people unemployed this hard January. God is watching."

@Emmbee_brown lamented that the closure was a result of the “bad economic policies” of President Bola Tinubu’s administration at the federal level.

"This is so sad that Shoprite finally shut down operation in Kano. The effect of the Economic policies," he said. 

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