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WHO OWNS NAIVAS SUPERMARKETS IN KENYA

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Naivas Supermarket, often referred to simply as “Naivas”, is the largest supermarket chain in Kenya, with 62 outlets as of March 2020.

The giant supermarket chain started off as Rongai Self Service Stores –a family shop – before its transformation into a retail giant.

Naivas is headquartered in Nairobi, with retail outlets in many urban centres in the country. The chain is the country’s largest supermarket chain followed by competitors Tuskys. Naivas recently opened a state of the art food market store, the first in East Africa. In July 2018, the company hired Andreas von Paleske, as an advisor to assist the business with its strategy and operations. This culminated in bringing experienced African private equity firm Amethis on board for a minority stake.

WHO OWNS NAIVAS SUPERMARKET

Naivas Limited is a privately owned company, whose shares are held by the descendants of its founder Peter Mukuha Kago, who died on 6 May 2010. The table below depicts the shareholding as of November 2014

RankName of OwnerPercentage Ownership
1David Kimani25.0
2Simon Gachwe25.0
3Linet Wairimu15.0
4Grace Wambui15.0
5The Estate of Peter Mukuha Kago20.0
Total100.00

The French investment fund manager dedicated to the African continent in completed the acquisition of a minority stake in Naivas, Kenya’s leading supermarket chain in terms of market share.

Wambui Mbarire, Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Trade Association of Kenya, said: “The new owner only has a 30% shareholding, so the fund will be limited to improving operational efficiency to make the business more profitable.”

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