Shoprite opens in Onitsha; runs free cancer screening


Shoprite demonstrated its commitment to growing Nigeria with the opening of its Onitsha Mall.

Eager shoppers enjoyed a vibrant programme of music and dance before flocking to the store to take advantage of the great opening specials and deals. The opening proved to be an overwhelming sales day for the store, with satisfied shoppers all-round.

Located in the state’s first modern shopping mall, the store is set to bring consumers the same low prices and convenience it is known for. As the flagship brand in the mall, the store will cater for customers’ daily, weekly and monthly food and household requirements. Over and above a wide range of food and non-food lines, it features various service departments including a Meat Market, Bakery, Deli, and a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable department. 15-till points have been set up to deal with high volumes of shoppers. All of this in a world-class shopping experience.

Executive Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano who was accompanied by his wife and other government dignitaries officiated at the opening of the store and mall, remarking that the occasion was a milestone in his administration’s efforts to make the state the centrepiece for commercial activities.

Through the store opening, Shoprite, in partnership with the management of Onitsha mall, is doing its part by creating over 1,000 job opportunities for locals. The Onitsha store marks Shoprite’s 18th store opening in the country since it first began operations in 2005. Shoprite employs over 2500 people in Nigeria and is committed to supporting local enterprises. The Group has built relationships with over 400 leading Nigerian suppliers, small businesses and farmers, securing a wide assortment of local brands.

Additionally, as part of the brand’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, the Shoprite Community Network hosted a two-day free breast cancer screening for women in Onitsha, in conjunction with Run For A Cure Africa (RFCA), a national NGO specializing in breast cancer awareness work. Speaking during the event where over 250 women were screened, Founder of RFCA, Ebele Mbanugo said “It has been a rewarding experience partnering with Shoprite to offer free breast cancer screening to the women of Onitsha because a lot of people go about their daily routine without taking the time out to examine their body. This contributes to the increasing rate of breast cancer deaths. I wish more organizations would take a leaf from Shoprite and their continuous push to create awareness about the dangers of breast cancer “.

Speaking on behalf of Shoprite Nigeria, Executive Director Adeola Kagho said that she was excited about the warm reception that the store was receiving from the people of the state. “We look forward to opening more stores and playing our part to impact more communities. The free breast cancer screening is just one of the many CSR projects we intend to embark upon in the state and I am happy to witness the high turnout of women taking part in the screening exercise”

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