ll 25 outlets of food retailer Shoprite in Nigeria have been shut down by workers, who are currently embarking on an industrial action over the sale of the company to Tayo Amusan’s Jara.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the workers took to the Shoprite outlets located in malls across the cross the country to express their grievances, obstructing normal business operations.
The contract papers signed by staff show that many of them were to work with Shoprite until between 2035 and 2040.
But with the current management set to exit in June, the staff demanded to be paid off rather than run the risk of sack after they are transferred to a new Nigerian company.
However, Shoprite has been uninterested to accede to the demand of the striking workers to pay them off.
Recall in August 2020, Shoprite announced the commencement of a formal process to discontinue its operations in Nigeria.
The end of Shoprite in Nigeria followed approaches from various potential investors, and in line with re-evaluation of the group’s operating model in the country.
Shoprite Nigeria operates about 25 outlets across the country and employs over 2,000 employees, a substantial number of whom are Nigerians.
Property investor and chairman of Persianas Group, Amusan, owner of Jara is at a pole position to takeover Shoprite.
Persianas Nigeria Limited is a property development company Amusan founded in 1990. In 2004, he launched The Palms.
Owing to the success of The Palms in Lagos, he floated three additional malls in Enugu, Kwara, Ota and Ibadan.
Jara is a new entrant into the retail sector in the country. They have outlets in Ikeja and Benin.