By Mourice Seretta
Supermarket chain, Naivas, has opened a new branch in Nairobi.
The 64th store is located on Mombasa road opposite the Syokimau Railway station and has been designed as a fresh food outlet to serve the burgeoning population of residents and businesses in the western side of Machakos County. It is the third store to open since March after Mountain view and Kilimani branches.
Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Willy Kimani stated that the retailer had opened the branch that spots its flagship food market interior and a modernistic exterior touched up with charred timber to give it a homely, yet classy look.
“Fresh food, especially in these challenging times of the Covid -19 is essential. We are responding to a strong desire by the residents and business people of Mavoko sub-county as well as travelers who were yearning for an affordable stop-over point to refresh and refill their supplies, one that also meets their ambience aspirations,” said Kimani adding that the new store offers an airy, well ventilated opportunity for keen shoppers. This will ensure that customers are able to comply with the Ministry of Health safety guidelines as they access the facility and procure the goods they need.
Occupying 21,000 square feet of retail space, the new food market is the second in Syokimau and is also intended to complement the first one located at Gateway Mall. At least one quarter is reserved for food items. Kimani explained that since the first one opened, the area population had more than tripled and is expected to grow even further in the medium term.
The new store directly employs 61 staff members, whom Kimani said had been deployed from other branches. “This team is fully tested and certified free of Covid -19 and will keep being tested every 14-days in line with the government’s guidelines for managing the pandemic’s spread,” added Kimani, noting that the suppliers and the goods they deliver are being taken through a rigorous process of verification and testing before shelf stocking.
Kimani pointed out that the firm expected to soon open an additional branch in Kisumu at the Mega City Mall.