Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, Shoprite, will take advantage of disarray in Kenya’s grocery sector to open its first stores in the major East African market by the end of this year.

Two of Kenya’s three top retailers – Uchumi Supermarkets and former regional No. 1, Nakumatt – are failing, opening the door to chains such as Shoprite and Carrefour.

Pieter Engelbrecht, Chief executive said:

Shoprite had never considered Kenya before because of the dominance of those three players. Six of its seven new stores will be in Nairobi.