Saverite opens in Xai Xai – largest wholesale outlet outside of Maputo
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Access to wholesale and retail outlets in Mozambique is usually limited to the capital, Maputo, situated in the southern-most part of the country. This year, on Thursday 18 April Masscash Wholesale, a division of Massmart, will be opening Saverite, a new wholesale outlet in Xai Xai, Mozambique, 200km away from Maputo.
Masscash aims to uplift local businesses and communities in the surrounding area by providing access to a more conveniently located wholesale outlet stocked with a wider range of goods, ranging from general merchandise to food.
The total investment in this project has been R30 million and this will be the biggest wholesale outlet, at 5,500 Sq. m, in Mozambique outside of Maputo.
Commenting on the opening of the store, Masscash Wholesale Divisional Managing Director, Neville Dunn said: “This will have a positive impact on local businesses in Xai Xai and even further north. Those that usually rely on travelling to Maputo, from the north of Mozambique, will now only have to travel to Xai Xai and we will be offering our customers a wider range of products so that they can carry on with business as usual.”
From the outset, Masscash has been aware of the importance of creating a store that will support the community. “The immediate benefit has been the upliftment of this community throughout the build itself,” said Dunn. “We have created 59 jobs and all the building materials have been locally sourced.”
The building has been constructed with the environment in mind and environmentally sustainable technology has been utilised. For example, the roof sheeting has the ability to reduce the internal temperature of the building by up to six degrees Celsius so that the use of air conditioners can be reduced and the latest multi-plex technology, making it possible to reclaim hot condensate water from the refrigeration systems, has been implemented. “We aim to harvest this condensate water for reuse in the maintenance of the building,” added Dunn.
Masscash is aware of the many challenges facing local and emerging businesses and aims to continue focusing on including and accommodating local manufacturers and suppliers in its supplier listing. All fresh produce will be locally sourced creating more employment opportunities, with 45 local suppliers already identified. All liquor for the store will also be locally sourced.
Andrew Mardon, Masscash Merchandising Executive, said: “We will always support local suppliers, where commercially viable, and hope to encourage and continue building strong, sustainable relationships with local businesses and the communities in the area.”
Dunn concluded: “We hope that this store opening provides greater access to a wholesale outlet that’s able to cater to the needs of the communities and businesses in the area, and hope that we can become the chosen partner of local retailers, traders and the hospitality industry in Mozambique.”
Media release issued by Annaleigh Vallie on behalf of Masscash Wholesale:
About Masscash Wholesale
Masscash consists of wholesale food and cosmetics business interests as well as retail outlets. Our wholesale division consists of CBW, Jumbo Cash & Carry, and Shield, a number of independent wholesalers operating under their own brands as well as retail brand Saverite. Masscash currently operates in South Arica, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. The Xai Xai store is Masscash’s first store in Mozambique.
Massmart is a South African-based globally competitive regional management group, invested in a portfolio of differentiated, complementary, focused wholesale and retail formats, each reliant on high volumes and operational excellence as the foundation of price leadership, in the distribution of mainly branded consumer goods for cash. It is the third largest distributor of consumer goods in Africa, the leading retailer of general merchandise, liquor and home improvement equipment and supplies, and the leading wholesaler of basic foods.