Supermarket Owners Rake In Huge Profits Over Closure Of Shoprite In Akure

We have been witnessing improved sales and high influx of customers
in our store since Shoprite was shut down in Akure due to the protest by
some youths.

Some Supermarkets and stores in Akure, Ondo
State, are now profiting heavily from the closure of popular mall,
Shoprite, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report. 

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It was
observed that impatient customers have begun seeking other means to
purchase items in the state by approaching supermarkets and street
stores in the city.

Our correspondent, who visited several
supermarkets across Akure on Thursday, discovered how customers were
trooping in constantly to purchase various items.

Though there
have been complains by consumers over the cost of items in many of the
supermarkets and stores visited by our correspondent, the crowd in those
places did not reduce for the most part of the day.

Manager of
one of the stores in the city, Abimbola Chukwudi, told SaharaReporters
that they indeed sales had increased for them since the Shoprite outlet
in Akure was shut down.

According to her, they were currently overwhelmed with the influx of customers and wish business can remain like this for them.

She
said, “We have been witnessing improved sales and high influx of
customers in our store since Shoprite was shut down in Akure due to the
protest by some youths.

“In fact, to withstand the large
number of customers, we now open all doors to the supermarket so that
customers can go in and out easily.

“To be honest, we have been profiting from the closure of Shoprite and we are very happy about this.”

It is the same story for Bimbo Adebakin whose supermarket in the city has also witnessed increased patronage.

According
to the middle-aged woman, since the closure of Shoprite, business had
flourished so much that she had been smiling to the bank.

“I have
requested for two salesgirls to join the four people working at my
supermarket at the moment because of the large volume of customers we
have been recording since Shoprite was shut down,

“Even customers
that had forgotten us for a long time, they have started patronising us
again. This is indeed a blessing in disguise for people like me,” she
said.

In the other parts of Akure visited by SaharaReporters, it
was a similar tale of job for supermarket and store owners, who said
that the entire situation was a way God had used to prosper their
businesses – many of which had come under severe threat of even
extinction since the arrival of the South African company in the city.

A
customer, Iyabo Adebayo, told our correspondent that she has had to
rely on supermarkets around her to purchase needed items since the
closure of Shoprite in Akure.

“Since Shoprite was shut down, we have to seek another means to buy our goods.

“We
have been getting every item need at many of these stores and that is
why we are not really feeling the closure of the popular mall,” she
said.

The latest development comes barely two days after the
Shoprite outlet was shut down over fears of an attack by youths
protesting the killing of Nigerians and other African migrants in South
Africa.

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