Nakumatt Oasis Open in Kampala
Operations Director Nakumatt Mr. Thiagarajan Ramamurthy taking the Minister of Trade Kahinda Otafiire through Nakumatt shopping centre.

Nakumatt Oasis Open in Kampala

Nakumatt Oasis, Kampala's hypermarket, recently officially launched in Kampala.

By Ultimate Media Consult
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First published: June 1, 2009

24/7 has become a popular word in Uganda to refer to activities that take place all the time- through out day and night. But 24/7 had never applied to shopping until Nakumatt Oasis, which recently officially launched in Kampala. Shoppers in Uganda have all the reason to be happy given the rate at which international shopping centers are opening shop in Kampala. First it was Shoprite that came in from South Africa, then Game from the same country, following Uchumi from Kenya in 2007.

But all indications are that Nakumatt is the leading regional retail chain to set up shop in Kampala and many Ugandans are looking to better shopping days ahead. The US$ 3 million (6 billion shillings) hypermarket in Kampala is promising 24 hour shopping for a good price on the goods you can think of buying in a supermarket. The hypermarket located at the ultra modern Oasis Complex is billed as the largest, most modern retail outlet in Uganda.

Speaking at the opening of the new outlet, Nakumatt Holdings Operations Director Thiagarajan Ramamurthy said the opening of the new trend setting outlet is inline with the firm's regional expansion plans.

"As part of our commitment to extend our quality services to all the five regional countries of East Africa, Nakumatt Oasis has opened its gates to serve the Ugandan Market with a promise of quality service," Ramamurthy says.

He says Nakumatt Oasis will see a direct job creation opportunity for more than 200 Ugandans. Ramamurthy says the new shopping center will present Ugandans with unrivaled commitment to maintaining world class retail standards.

Operations Director Nakumatt Mr. Thiagarajan Ramamurthy(L) and Minister of Trade Kahinda Otafiire(R)
Operations Director Nakumatt Mr. Thiagarajan Ramamurthy(L) and Minister of Trade Kahinda Otafiire(R).

The Minister of Trade and Industry Kahinda Otaffire while officiating at the opening ceremony of the first world class shopping store in Uganda called upon Ugandans to be part of the community that will supply this hypermarket with commodities. Situated just next to Garden City, which has for years been the leading shopping center housing Uchumi, the Nakumatt Oasis Hyper is covering a shopping floor space of more than 75,000 square feet and will be more inviting for the fact that it has more than 350 secure car parking slots. Ramamurthy says they will stock more than 50,000 products and give customers the greatest variety and prices.

Just like at Garden City, the Oasis Complex has line services such as banks, a Forex bureau, boutiques, food courts, pharmacy, cinema halls and coffee shops that will add value for customers.

Alongside, Nakumatt, leading brands such as Barclays, Ecobank, Kenya Commercial Bank Uganda, Uganda Microfinance, Nandos, and Bata have confirmed their tenancy at the multi billion Oasis Complex. A wide range of foods, beverages, toiletries, stationery, electronics and furniture will be on sale at the Nakumatt Oasis Hyper and will also feature state of the art tills with Nakumatt Smart Card loyalty program systems. With such capability, Nakumatt Oasis Hyper shoppers will accumulate points for all their purchases which they will in turn be able to redeem.

Nakumatt Oasis Hyper is owned by Nakumatt Holdings- East Africa's leading chain of retail stores. As the largest retail market player in East Africa, Uganda and Rwanda, and still expanding to the wider East African region, Nakumatt has 21 stores dealing in general retail merchandise.

The opening of the store which is also the ninth round the clock outlet within the Nakumatt Chain and the first in Uganda comes hot on the heels of the Nakumatt City Centre opening in Kigali, Rwanda last August.

Nakumatt Holdings, plans to extend its regional foothold. Ramamurthy explained that they are still on course with plans for similar openings in Tanzania now underway.

Atul Shah, the Managing Director of Nakumatt Holdings says Nakumatt Holdings is investing more than US $20 million in the East Africa expansion plan which will see the chain opening 3 branches in Uganda, 2 in Rwanda, 4 in Tanzania while raising its Kenyan network to 30 in the next two years.

Minister of trade Kahinda Otafire cutting the cake with Nakumatt staff
Minister of trade Kahinda Otafire cutting the cake with Nakumatt staff.

In Kenya, Nakumatt stores are renowned for their unique features which include a one Price Policy, Unique Customer Loyalty Programs, branded financial services, and a Nakumatt Academy at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Nakumatt is also the first company in sub-Sahara Africa to introduce 24 hour services at selected branches. Other Nakumatt outlets include Nakumatt Mega, Westgate, Ngong Road, Junction, Embakasi, Ukay, Karen, Highridge, Downtown, Village, Lifestyle and Express@Wendani branches all in Nairobi city. Others include Nakumatt Meru, Household (Eldoret), Kisii, City (Kisumu), Nyanza (Kisumu), Nyali, Likoni and Nyali Cinemax (Mombasa).

Shah says Nakumatt Holdings Limited, which was established in 1987 stays ahead of competition by providing quality, value, service, variety lifestyle. He says Nakumatt's store formats range from convenience stores, supermarkets to hypermarkets which showcase distinct world-class shopping floor layouts and amenities.

"Thanks to our rich heritage and passion for retail excellence, Nakumatt stores countrywide have carved out a niche for themselves as the ideal shopping and entertainment centers for the whole family. We pride ourselves in delivering Quality, Value, Service, Variety and Lifestyle enhancing products," Shah says.

Justus Nyaga, the Advertising manager says that Nakumatt Holding's goal is to create a chain of superstores in strategic locations delivering quality, value, service, variety and lifestyle, with convenient opening hours giving everyone the opportunity to shop at Nakumatt. And with their claim of "You need it, We've got it", Ugandans will be hoping they can get any product they want at any time.

By Ultimate Media Consult
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First published: June 1, 2009
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