Africa’s largest grocery retailer, Shoprite is swelling its payroll in South Africa, its home base, where the company has nor hired about 800 people within a week.
The Group is South Africa’s largest private sector employer and created 6 027 new jobs in the 2017 financial year.
Shoprite said its hiring programme will continue with a total of 82 new Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Usave and LiquorShop supermarkets scheduled to open in the 2018 financial year, compared to the 72 new supermarkets opened in 2017.
“Over the past year 2.4% more customers voted with their feet and wallets to buy at our stores and we processed over 1 billion transactions. This proves that we are giving our customers what they need at prices they can afford,” CEO Pieter Engelbrecht said.
New stores are positioned in areas not previously served by the Group’s supermarkets or in those showing strong population growth. The 14 new supermarkets opening this week include:
- Shoprite (Delft, Western Cape and Phola Park, Mpumalanga)
- Checkers (Cornubia, KwaZulu-Natal and Table Bay, Western Cape)
- Usave (Aberdeen, Eastern Cape and Gandlanani, Limpopo)
- Checkers LiquorShop (Cornubia, KwaZulu-Natal and Table Bay, Western Cape)
- Shoprite LiquorShop (Delft, Western Cape; Shongoane, Limpopo; Hartswater, Northern Cape; Phola Park, Mpumalanga; Komatipoort, Mpumalanga and Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga)