Regional retailer Nakumatt, is making its grand return to the Thika Superhighway today. In 2008, the country was shocked when the then Nakumatt Thika Road was demolished to pave way for what is now the Thika Superhighway. This was after numerous eviction notices given to the company went unanswered. The supermarket chain however picked itself up, dusted itself and moved on. Since then, they have opened many more branches inside and outside Kenya.
Today, the supermarket chain is making a comeback to the same road it was kicked out of 5 years ago. This time, it is meeting a 6 lane superhighway, with service roads on both sides. Something that would probably be a pipe dream had it not been kicked out in 2008.
The new Nakumatt Thika Road is located at Kasarani, at the Roysambu overpass, just a few kilometres from the old Nakumatt Thika Road.
In line with its business growth plans, the supermarket has rented a shopping mall instead of building its own structure. Thika Road Mall is its name.
The mall will also house brands such as Safaricom, Textbook Centre, Bata, Deacons, Dunhill among others.
This branch will bring the total number of Nakumatt branches to 40, within the region.
However, the mall will not experience monopoly on the superhighway. Tuskys is opening it’s branch right next to Blue Springs Hotel in the next few months, with Uchumi expanding its mini supermarket metres from Tuskys soon.