7 November 2017

Kenya: Nakumatt Closes Nanyuki Branch Over Rent Arrears

Photo: Daily Monitor
Nakumatt Supermarket .

The woes of troubled Nakumatt deepened on Tuesday with the closure of the supermarket chain's Nanyuki branch.

The closure was attributed to non-payment of rent.

WORKERS

A notice pinned on the entrance of the supermarket indicated that the closure would be temporary.

But one a staff who did not want to be named told the Nation that the landlord is demanding arrears running into tens of millions.

The building where the retail chain stands is owned by Nanyuki Mall Limited.

The worker said by the time of the closure, there were a total of 42 workers with 52 others having resigned in the last few months over non-payment of salaries.

"Most of my colleagues resigned after the working hours were reduced from 13 to 10 resulting to a 25 percent salary reduction.

CLIENTS

"However, the remaining workers have continued to report to work since the closure was not initiated by the employer but by the landlord.

"We shall continue reporting to work every morning until our employer tell us otherwise," he said.

The closure is not a surprise to many, coming in the wake of several other branches countrywide that have faced a similar fate.

Stock on the shelves of the retail chain, which opened in March 2010, has dwindled in recent months.

By the time of its closure, many of the shoppers-- mainly white settlers and tourists-- had shifted to other malls that opened recently

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