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Retail giant, Shoprite yesterday opened its first shop in the country.  The retailer signed up as the anchor tenant for Westgate mall in March this year. Westgate Shopping Mall which has been undergoing reconstruction  yesterday welcomed the opening of  the outlet which will serve Kenyan market.

The 50,000-square-feet flagship store at Westgate is fitted out to the latest specification of Shoprite’s premium ‘Checkers’ brand. Shoprite, which operates more than 2700 stores in 14 countries outside of South Africa, promises a diversified product range and consistent value for shoppers in the Kenyan market.

The retailer has entered the country to strengthen its position in East Africa, with Kenya being the region’s strongest economy. Shoprite will open at Garden City in early 2019 and will follow up on other opportunities in the city as they become available, in addition to the potential for future expansion outside of the capital.

“We are delighted that Shoprite has chosen to launch in Kenya with the premium Checkers level of fit-out at the Westgate Shopping Mall, and I believe shoppers will be impressed by the quality of this fantastic new store – a real first for Kenya,” said Ben Woodhams, Managing Director at Knight Frank Kenya.

Westgate Shopping Mall now has a Gross Lettable Area of 267,881 sq ft following the completion of Phase II of the restoration. The second phase of restoration opened officially for trading on October 16, adding over 82,000 sq ft to the shopping centre development. The shopping mall is built to the highest international standards and the development would stand out in any part of the world.

Westgate’s restoration added more internal exclusive roads and parking spaces in the shopping mall to now accommodate over 700 cars. The mall also has a street-style pop-up market and a children’s play area.

“With Shoprite’s opening at Westgate Shopping Mall as the anchor tenant, together with some fantastic international brands, the mall will record further growth in footfall with its enriched shopper experience,” said 
Ashmi Shah of Knight Frank. Knight Frank Kenya also signed up Miniso for Westgate, which has opened alongside other flagship outlets for international retail brands such as Mango, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Grill Shack in the newly added prime retail space.

Knight Frank has been involved in major signings in retail leasing this year, having participated in major shopping centre developments across the country since its establishment in the country.

The real estate consultancy’s retail property management portfolio, includes The Junction Mall, Garden City Mall, Rosslyn Riviera Mall, Cedar Mall Nanyuki etc. The firm was recently feted with five awards in the Real Estate Excellence Awards 2018.