Buy Zimbabwe member TM Pick n Pay has opened two retail outlets, one in Madokero and another one in Waterfalls along Simon Mazorodze Road in one day.
Speaking to Great Dyke News 24, Buy Zimbabwe General Manager Alois Burutsa congratulated the retail giant for the massive expansion adding that it has taken heed of the local content strategy implemented by the government.
“ As Buy Zimbabwe, firstly we would like to congratulate Pick n Pay for opening another branch , in fact today they are opening two branches , one here at Madokero Mall and another one in Waterfalls along Simon Mazorodze Road. I think this is the first time that such a big retailer opens two new branches in one day .
“As Buy Zimbabwe we are happy that one of our members Pick n Pay is expanding in a very big way which is actually a testament to the improvements that are taking place in the economy.
‘We are also happy because Pick n Pay has embraced local content , has embraced support for local products . Going into their shop you will see a dominance of Zimbabwean products . There is definitely a massive uptake of Zimbabwean products and also talking to customers just seeing Zimbabwean shoppers going around, most of the products that they are buying are loyal products ,” he said .
The Buy Zimbabwe General Manager also applauded the support from local consumers as they take the lead in the purchase of locally made goods that have dominated with over 80% shelf space in retail outlets.
“So Zimbabweans have understood and have accepted that it is important to buy Zimbabwean products to create jobs , wealth and pride . Therefore we are happy about this as Buy Zimbabwe that Zimbabweans are actually shopping and supporting local products .
” So we are happy and we thank Pick n Pay for supporting Zimbabwean manufacturers , supporting local suppliers .This can only be good for not just Pick n Pay themselves but also the country at large as we are reducing imports and we are supporting growth in local products,” he said .
Last month Buy Zimbabwe held the Buy Zimbabwe Week, a campaign to raise market awareness, preference for local goods, increase competitiveness and sales volumes of Zimbabwean products and services in order to stimulate economic growth.
TM Pick n Pay and its Zimbabwean outlets have adopted a long-term view, with refurbishment programmes and opening of new stores across the country top of their agenda .The development of new malls in Harare and other urban areas is also giving rise to opportunities for the expansion of local retailers and creation of jobs for Zimbabweans.