Chandarana Foodplus Supermarket is set to open its first outlet in Kakamega expanding its footprint in Western Kenya and the North Rift.
The retailer that positions itself with well priced, unique and nourishing products will take over the space that had been occupied by Nakumatt Holdings at Holden Mall located along Kakamega Webuye road.
Nakumatt Holdings closed the branch in 2018. This is an approximately 65,000SQFT area.
This will be Chandarana Foodplus’ 19th branch in the country.
In February, it became the main anchor tenant at Signature Mall, a 259,300 SQFT mixed-use development shopping facility located in Athi River, following the exit of Choppies.
“The entry of Chandarana is expected to boost the mall’s customer traffic amidst low occupancy rates of 76.1% in 2019, a decline from 84.5% in 2018 in community malls as a result of an existing oversupply of space in the local retail market, current tough economic times and increased vacancy rates due to exits by troubled retailers,” Cytonn Investments observes.
In Kakamega, Chandarana will compete for the enlightened population with the local giants like Yako, and Khetia Drapers.
Khetia Drapers owns a chain of supermarkets in Kitale and Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Kisumu.
Kakamega continues to experience a growth burst since the devolved government system took effect in 2013.
Key infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, and recreational spots have undergone major restructuring that attracts a more conscious consumer.
Chandarana Foodplus has branches in Rupus Mall (Eldoret), The West End (Kisumu). Other branches are in Mombasa, Nairobi, and Nanyuki.