By JOSEPH OJWANG.
Botswana-based Choppies supermarket is shutting down all its five branches in the lakeside city of Kisumu by January next year.
A source at the supermarket, who sought to remain anonymous, hinted out that the retailer has been struggling of late with management blaming ballooning taxes in the country and revenue losses.
Today, the first branch is going down, hosted at Swan Centre building next to the shores of Lake Victoria.
The source says they are in the process of transferring stock to the other branches spread across the city.
The closure comes hot on the heels following the withdrawal from the city yesterday when Nakumatt closed down its remaining outlet in Kisumu.
Nakumatt Holdings, once the region’s largest regional retailer has been struggling in the recent past with most of its stores in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda closed and workers sent away.
Choppies supermarket made entry into the country’s market in the year 2016 after taking over from Ukwala Supermarkets.
In Kisumu, the supermarket have three branches within the Central Business District, the fourth one at Kondele along Kisumu Kakamega road and the fifth store at Nyamasaria along Kisumu-Nairobi Highway.
The source says the plan is to close them bit by bit and by January next year there will be no Choppies supermarket in Kisumu.
Signs of trouble in the supermarket in Kisumu were witnessed as early as June this year with empty shelves and lack of basic commodities like milk, bread, sugar amongst others.
Already, the supermarket had closed down its branches in Bungoma and Kiambu as it embarks on total withdrawal from the Kenyan market.