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SA’s Massmart opens Sh500m building materials mart in Karen

South African retail giant Massmart has increased its footprint in Kenya with the opening of a new Sh500 million building material outlet at the Waterfront Mall in Karen.

The outlet dubbed Builders Warehouse opened its first store Thursday and its product range will cover building materials and home improvement requirements for flooring, paint, sanitary ware, kitchens, lighting, electrical, appliances among others.

Services such as paint tinting and mixing, glass cutting, kitchen design, pool water analysis and others will be available.

Massmart, majority owned by American super chain Walmart, made its debut in Kenya with Game Stores, to cash in on the growing demand for retail outlets in the country.

Builders Warehouse is taking an all-under-one-roof approach to capture contractors in the large-scale construction industry as well and individuals who are keen on Do It Yourself, a growing trend among Kenyan middle class.


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