Game stores are to follow in the footsteps of Shoprite in exiting the pearl of Africa. Massmart; a south African retail giant which is also the parent brand for Game stores has declared their place to exit Uganda. According to Mitchell Slape the C.E.O of Massmart; the exit has come about due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the retail business hands down.
The Franchise will be closing fourteen of its stores outside South Africa that have been poorly performing. Like Shoprite, Game is in the process of looking for potential buyers who will take over their stores in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Nigeria has the highest number of game stores outside South Africa with a total of five stores. Ghana follows after Nigeria with four-game stores, followed by Kenya which has three-game stores. Uganda and Tanzania only have one game store each. Other countries having game stores include; Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, and Zambia.
Game stores have been known for setting themselves as the least price providers on quality products. They always promise to beat the price in case you could find a similar product in any official store with a price tag lower than theirs.
The disposing of these stores is expected to earn Massmart profits of close to $51 million.