Sales activity across the 25 outlets of the Shoprite in Nigeria has been grounded as employees of the company embark on an industrial strike action.
Shoprite, Africa’s biggest supermarket chain last year, revealed its plan to pull out of Nigeria. The South African-owned Shoprite is looking at selling all “or a majority stake” of its operations in Nigeria.
According to a report on FIJ, the terms signed by staff indicated that they were supposed to work with Shoprite South Africa until between 2035 and 2040. But with the current management set to exit in June, the staff demanded to be paid off rather than run the risk of being sacked after they’re transferred to a new Nigerian company — a demand Shoprite has been uninterested in.
In August 2020, the South African retail giant, announced the commencement of a formal process to exit Nigeria.
The multi-national retail group made the announcement in its operational and voluntary trading update for the year ended June 28, 2020.
Shoprite is said to have been acquired by Palms a subsidiary of Tayo Amusan’s Persianas Group. The company formed in 1990 and, has since grown to become a substantial group with the proven capabilities to initiate, construct and manage high-quality retail stores.