Bored cashiers at Tuslys attend to a handful of customers many of them unable to find anything of value in the once giant store that once prided itself as a one-stop-shop with “everything under one roof”
Two of Tuskys Supermarkets surviving branches along Tom Mboya Street and Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi’s CBD are a tale of the good old days that have gone sour.
Depressed and unmotivated staff members go around near-empty shelves trying to poke life into a fire that has long since brought down the once prosperous giant superstore. A spot check by The Weekly Vision found near empty shells telling a grim story of having seen better days.
Bored cashiers attend to a handful of customers many unable to find anything of value in the once giant store that once prided itself as a one-stop-shop with “everything under one roof”.
The collapse started with Uchumi supermarket which enjoyed decades of nearly unchallenged market presence in Kenya before divesting into Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
Most of the branches have long since been taken over by the new kids on the block, Qucikmart and Naivas supermarkets but the question always remains what goes wrong with Kenyan supermarkets one day they are thriving giants, the next day they are no more!
It started with Uchumi supermarket which enjoyed decades of nearly unchallenged market presence in Kenya before divesting into Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Yet something went wrong and one day workers woke up to the shock of their lives when they found doors to the superstore closed down.
Then it was the turn for Nakumatt a business conglomerate enjoying a multi-million shilling daily turn-over. Something again went wrong and the superstore also with a presence in neighbouring countries shut down at record speed. It was soon time for Tuskys which had enjoyed a lucrative run filling the gap left by its fallen competitors.
Yet in 3 short years, they also joined the “graveyard” of failed supermarkets without paying hard the working staff their dues or suppliers for their stock. Now the question is who will be next and what happens to super-profits minted daily mismanagement or sheer jinx?
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