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Struggling Uchumi set to franchise Lang'ata outlet - 10 months ago, 14 June 09:55

Annie Njanja

Uchumi Supermarkets has picked the Lang’ata Hyper branch to kick-start a new franchise model proposed two years ago.

The struggling retailer Wednesday called on investors with financial muscle to bid for the franchise licence of its Lang’ata Hyper Branch.

Uchumi #ticker:UCHM first contemplated the model in 2016 during its 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM) when shareholders were briefed on the retailer’s expansion plan.

The retailer then termed it a cost-effective model that would return the retailer to profit.

During the meeting, Uchumi said that it targeted 200 franchise mini shops across the country as part of its turnaround strategy.

The strategy as announced did not however include giving up its stores.

“Uchumi has been reviewing its store strategy with a view of optimising operations and deriving maximum value from the stores.

Extensive discussions

The franchising model has been discussed extensively in previous AGMs as a viable means to revive Uchumi given its strong ...
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