SHOPRITE Checkers has opened a superstore at Ndola’s Kafubu Mall at a cost of US$4 million.
The chain store has employed 170 employees at the 21st store outlet of which 79 are permanent while the others are permanent flexi-timers, who will be paid on a monthly basis like permanent employees..
Shoprite Checkers Africa director Gerhard Fritz said at a cocktail hosted for its suppliers on Wednesday night that the chain store will create more job opportunities when it opens five other supermarket outlets in the country.
The company has employed over 2,400 workers countrywide.
Mr Fritz said the chain store is opening another branch in August at Lusaka’s Twin Palm and another store will be opened in October in Kapiri Mposhi.
Shoprite will also open new stores in Chililabombwe and Kitwe in July next year.
“Our intention is to open as many stores as we can countrywide [to effectively serve our customers],” he said.
Mr Fritz said Shoprite will also open a store in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo which will create an opportunity for Zambian suppliers.
He, however, expressed concern that most suppliers are Lusaka-based, which is a challenge for them as they have to move long distances to deliver their merchandise, especially fresh produce.
Mr Fritz commended Government for working on the roads as this will ease the movement of the chain store’s merchandise.
“Transporting our merchandise has always been a challenge but we are thankful to Government for working on the roads as this will shorten on the delivery time,” Mr Fritz said.