Naivas Supermarket opens new outlet in Kisumu
06 November 2014, 23:00
Kisumu - A new chain of supermarket has opened its doors in Kisumu city as scramble for the lucrative market at the lakeside intensifies.
Naivas Supermarket is the latest chain to join a list of renowned supermarkets that have moved to the Lakeside town in the past one year alone.
Speaking during the unveiling of a new branch along Jomo Kenyatta Avenue, brand Chairman of the supermarket Simon Gachwe promised to offer close to 200 job opportunities to local youth and business people.
“Kisumu has been painted as a place full of insecurity and demonstrations but my team will do everything possible to ensure that peace prevails through job creations,” Gachwe said.
Gachwe said most of the staff including distributors, suppliers, managers and shop attendants have been recruited from the region.
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But while speaking at the same event, the Kisumu County Assembly minority leader Edwin Anayo expressed his disappointment towards the Naivas management for failing to employ some of the evictee recently evicted from the former Oile market.
“I have been pressing for more employment opportunities within the county and I would like to appeal for some vacancies to be reserved for the hawkers who were recently evicted,” he said
He promised to support the Naivas management on a condition that they give tenders to local investors other than investors from outside Kisumu.
In June, hundreds of youth staged protests at Uchumi supermarket along Jomo Kenyatta Avenue over what they termed as being left out of job opportunities.
Kisumu has in the last 9 months seen increase in the number of supermarkets, with Tumain chain of supermarkets opening two branches, one in the volatile Kondele area that has in the past been a beehive of mayhem during protests.
Others that have already huge presence include Nakummatt with two branches, Ukwala with three branches, Uchumi, Format and Yattin among others.
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