Advertise with fastmoving.co.za
 
 

The community of Thokoza welcomed the opening of Matlala Market and it will now offer customers greater variety, a fresh offering and money services under one roof and on their doorstep.
The community of Thokoza welcomed the opening of Matlala Market and it will now offer customers greater variety, a fresh offering and money services under one roof and on their doorstep.

New market store opens through the Pick n Pay market store

RETAILER NEWS

IOL - Feb 14th, 11:51

The community of Thokoza welcomed the opening of Matlala Market and it will now offer customers greater variety, a fresh offering and money services under one roof and on their doorstep.  

Previously a juice supplier to Matlala Multimarket Store, Sylvester Lehlohonolo Motubane today rents the building from previous store owner, Ntate Matlala.

Motubane, along with his partner and co-owner, Masecaba Malehlohonolo Sibanyoni, are the latest entrepreneurs to take part in Pick n Pay’s Market Store Partnership with Independent Traders. Through the programme and its partners, local stores are upgraded with cutting-edge systems and retailing techniques to create a unique township shopping experience.

What makes the programme unique is that all store owners remain 100 percent independent.

Launched in Gauteng in 2016, this will be the first market store in the programme to open in Thokoza. Two other stores have opened in Ekurhuleni, Mario's Market and Stallion Market in 2017.

The Pick n Pay programme soon caught their attention and within a couple of months, Matlala Market became a reality.

The building previously home to Matlala Multimarket Store was upgraded and fitted with new refrigeration and IT systems, allowing the store to stock 1 300 lines of edible and non-edible groceries, fresh produce and perishables.

“We are excited with the renovations. With the new equipment and set up of the butchery, deli and bakery, it has given the building a new life,” says Sibanyoni.

Customers will also have access to services like money transfer, ticketing, airtime and data, bill payments, lottery tickets and prepaid electricity.

The programme also brings new job opportunities to the area. She says that the store currently employees 18 people but that they intend to employ a further 10 employees in the near future.

Eldene Govender, Investment Principal for the National Empowerment Fund’s iMbewu Fund – a partner in the programme said that this is an important initiative that will revitalise the township economy and ensure that small businesses in townships remain competitive and sustainable in the long term. “Partnering with a strong retail brand, such as Pick n Pay which has extensive distribution networks countrywide and years of retail expertise, will ensure that these township businesses receive all the support required to operate their own successful businesses".

To date, the programme has opened 21 stores and stores are performing well. “We believe the success of the programme lies in helping independent entrepreneurs stay independent, but even more successful with a range of trading and financial assistance,” says Pick n Pay deputy CEO, Richard van Rensburg.

What is next for the power couple? Sibanyoni says that while they would love to open more stores soon, they will be concentrating all their effort on making this store a success for their community.
IOL 

Related News

South Africans are spending less on their weekly shopping trip
23/05/2019 - 09:44
Tiger Brands, which carries brands including Koo canned foods, All Gold, and Tastic rice, said that revenue from continuing operations fell 2% to R15.4 billion in the interim period.

Bidcorp expects higher food inflation in SA
23/05/2019 - 09:16
Global food-services group Bidcorp expects rising food price inflation in SA, where food producers and retailers are grappling with higher costs and low selling price increases.

Pick n Pay's partner Velokhaya expands to include feeding scheme for 200 children daily
21/05/2019 - 15:50
Almost 500 Pick n Pay Head Office employees – in partnership with Mellon Educate – volunteered their time and skills to build a kitchen and dining area at Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha last week. With this new facility, Velokhaya will launch a daily feeding scheme for around 200 children.

Nike and Adidas join 173 US shoe retailers in call to avoid ‘catastrophic’ tariffs
21/05/2019 - 12:23
Nike, Adidas, and other footwear giants urged President Donald Trump to reconsider his tariffs on shoes made in China, saying the policy would be “catastrophic for our consumers, our companies and the American economy as a whole”.

Rhodes Food Group reports slight decline in net profit
21/05/2019 - 09:59
Rhodes Food Group, which makes Bull Brand corned meat and Bisto gravies, says profit after tax was slightly down in the six months to end-March despite better sales.