|17 June, 2019

Majid Al Futtaim to open its first Carrefour stores in Uganda

Set to open in Oasis Mall, and Metroplex Kampala in the upcoming months

  • Carrefour to create 300 jobs for Ugandans, prioritise local suppliers

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across Middle East, Africa and Asia, is set to open its first Carrefour stores in Uganda in the upcoming months, as the retailer seeks to cater to evolving customer needs and accommodate the growing demand for modern retail in Kampala and its surroundings.

Majid Al Futtaim will operate its first Carrefour store in Oasis Mall, with over 150 employees recruited for its maiden Ugandan outlet, which promises shoppers great value and choice, through a combination of offers and promotions. The store will enable local customers to purchase quality products at unbeatable prices, within an excellent shopping experience.

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 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 in in-store hygiene processes.

In addition, the stores will stock a mix of international and local brands all certified by relevant government agencies, applying international hygiene standards in order to guarantee food safety to customers.

Majid Al Futtaim prides itself in upholding the highest international standards and best practices. This includes ensuring positive supplier relations through prioritising local partners, enhancing supplier efficiency and engaging them with continuous training and support.

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.

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About Carrefour

Carrefour is one of the largest hypermarket and supermarket chains in the world. The brand was launched in the region in 1995 by Majid Al Futtaim, which is the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in 37 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Today, Majid Al Futtaim operates over 270 Carrefour stores, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 colleagues. 

Carrefour operates different store formats, as well as multiple online offerings to meet the growing needs of its diversified customer base. In line with the brand’s commitment to provide the widest range of quality products and value for money, Carrefour offers an unrivalled choice of more than 100,000 food and non-food products, and an exemplary customer experience to create great moments for everyone everyday.

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 43,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 25 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in 37 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 270 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 400 VOX Cinemas screens and 36 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region. In addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, Orbi Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', and a Fashion and Home retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel and Maisons du Monde. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.

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