Nigerian firm, Ketron Investments Limited has acquired Africa’s largest food retailer, Shoprite, as it exits the Nigerian market 16 years after it opened its first outlet.
According to a statement by Ketron, Shoprite will be changing its strategy ‘from an ownership model to a franchise model’ with the acquisition.
Tayo Amusan, Ketron’s chairman, said that the acquisition has been approved by Nigeria’s federal competition and consumer protection commission.
“We look forward to building an even stronger company following our acquisition,” Amusan said.
Shoprite, which operates 2,843 supermarkets in 15 countries, serving 35 million customers in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, has struggled with supply-chain disruptions and repatriation of funds – both familiar problems to foreign businesses in the Nigerian market.
In August 2020, Shoprite hinted that its business in Nigeria which operated under Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited “may be classified as a discontinued operation.”
The retailer operated 25 outlets in eight states across Africa’s biggest economy but had been struggling with disruptions.
However, Ketron said it plans to keep opening new outlets and display more Nigerian-made products as it looks to revive the chain.