Majid Al Futtaim has announced that it will open its first Carrefour stores in Kampala, Uganda in the upcoming months.
Majid Al Futtaim will operate its first Carrefour store in Oasis Mall, with over 150 employees recruited for its maiden Ugandan outlet.
Hani Weiss, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim – Retail said: “Following Carrefour’s success in Kenya, we are proud to introduce our plan for the first ever Carrefour stores in Uganda, which will further cement our position as a leading customer-centric retailer, bringing one of the largest retail chains in the world to the heart of the country.”
“This announcement brings us a step closer towards realizing our long-term expansion plan for East Africa.” He went on to say: “Uganda is considered one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and we are delighted to partner with local stakeholders to offer a world-class retail experience to the Ugandan community, specifically tailored to their needs.”
As part of its expansion strategy, Majid Al Futtaim is planning to open its second Carrefour store in the country (Uganda) in early 2020 at Metroplex Kampala, creating up to 150 additional direct and indirect employment opportunities for local talents.
The entry of the retailer into the market will boost the country’s economy as it will work with local suppliers, manufacturers, producers and farmers across Uganda and contribute to local direct and indirect employment. Carrefour will also introduce customer service standards, a more sophisticated shopping experience, and best practice for in-store hygiene processes.
Majid Al Futtaim holds the exclusive franchise rights to operate Carrefour in 37 countries and currently operates over 270 Carrefour stores in 15 countries. Uganda will be its 16th market. Carrefour started operations in East Africa with its entry into the Kenyan market in 2016 and operates seven stores to date, employing more than 1,400 staff members.