South African retail giant, Shoprite is opening another outlet in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, and plans to employ 280 direct and indirect jobs.
This new addition takes the number of its operational outlets to six in Nigeria.
The Ilorin outlet, located within the Kwara Mall in Ilorin will be commissioned this month.
The Kwara Mall is a joint venture between Kwara State Government and Persianas Group, owners of Palms Shopping Mall in Victoria Island, Lagos as well as Polo Parks, Enugu.
The Human Resources Manager, Adeola Kagho said it will create sustainable employment opportunities in the state.
Kagho said, "the Ilorin outlet will create approximately 180 direct jobs and over 100 indirect employments for the people of Ilorin and environs.
"Compared to the Palms Shopping Mall outlet, the Ilorin store will boast of 3,700m2 shopping space, and will also have some international brands such as KFC and Max Clothing neighbours," Kagho said.
Apart from job creation, the store has already begun discussions with local farmers and suppliers to ensure efficient delivery of products and services.
In another development, the brand for the first time extended its corporate social responsibility initiative- Help-Change-A-Life campaign to the state by donating shopping groceries worth thousands of Naira to Kwara State Children Centre. Shoprite has outlets in Ikeja, Surulere, Victoria Island all in Lagos, Enugu and Abuja.