Retail Supermarket Nigeria Limited (RSNL), owners of Shoprite in Nigeria, on Monday announced plans to reopen the Circle Mall store in Jakande, Lagos.
The store has been shut since it was vandalised and looted during the #EndSARS protest that engulfed Nigeria’s commercial centre in 2020.
According to RSNL chairman Tayo Amusan, the reopening serves as an opportunity to show customers that the dogged Nigerian spirit runs deep, even as the team works to optimise its operations for continued productivity.
“We’re excited to be reopening after a long hiatus. We have had tremendous support and we are looking forward to once again opening our doors to our customers in the Jakande, Lekki area and its environs,” Amusan said in a statement.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to support the growth of the Nigerian economy even as we explore opportunities to expand our network of outlets thereby providing employment opportunities for Nigerians. We are also exploring opportunities to partner with more local farmers and small business owners to optimise agribusiness across Nigeria to considerably increase agricultural yield in the country.”
At the moment, Shoprite Nigeria’s supply chain includes more than 300 leading Nigerian suppliers, and boasts small businesses and farmers among its partners and suppliers.
As a way of increasing its presence in Nigeria, the retail giant also announced plans to open new stores in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Benin and Jos, bringing its stores to almost 30 in the country.