The Management team of Shoprite has visited Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the Government House, Little Rayfield Jos to discuss plans for establishing the first outlet in the State.
Leading the team of experts to the Government House was the Chairman of Retail Supermarket Nigeria group, Mr. Tayo Amusa who said that their mission in the state was part of the plans for its rollout in 2022 which will see them developing the Jos City Mall that will house Shoprite and other businesses.
He further said that the the group was attracted to the state based on the huge potentials of Plateau State in terms of its agricultural products, serene environment, huge market and proven opportunities for growth and development.
“Plateau State is a natural attraction for tourists and visitors who need shopping and recreational facilities that the organisation is capable of providing in the planned roll out. Apart from Shoprite, there will be other facilities of the Jara brand to be rolled out”, Mr. Amusa said.
He then appreciated Governor Lalong for his determination and keen interest in facilitating the coming of the business conglomerate to Plateau State, assuring that they will take advantage of the favourable business environment currently obtainable in the State to make sure that the plan succeeds.
ShopRite which was first launched in Lagos December, 2005 has over 25 stores across eight states in the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. With the establishment of the franchise in Jos, it’d then sum up to 26 stores across nine states of the federation.
Governor Lalong in a response expressed his delight with the visit of the group. He said that their visit was long overdue because Plateau State is a business destination and a home for all Nigerians and foreigners.
He said that his administration has done a lot to restore peace and security which has attracted more investors into the State and has eroded the fear of the past.
He also informed the group that there is more access for export and import into the State with the approval for the upgrading of the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang into an international cargo airport.
The Governor also disclosed that Plateau State has acquired the Inland Container Depot in Heipang which will also serve as the hub for the Nigerian Shippers Council operations.
The company later signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the possible use of the old Nitel building which has been acquired by the Plateau Investment and Property Development Company for the development of the proposed facility.