Open main menu


As of December 2015, Nakumatt had 65 stores in the African Great Lakes countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. It employed over 5,500, and had gross annual revenue in excess of US$450 million.[2] At that time, it had plans to enter other African countries and to increase the number of stores in the countries where it already had a presence.[3] In October 2017 the company ran out of funds and did not pay rents or wages. 60 stores were closed. As of August 2018 there was just five stores all of which were in Kenya. Nakumatt now has less than 500 Employees.

Regional subsidiariesEdit

On 23 August 2008, Nakumatt opened its first store outside Kenya in the Union Trade Center, in Kigali, Rwanda.[4] In June 2009, the first Nakumatt store in Uganda opened on Yusuf Lule Road on Kololo Hill, in central Kampala, the capital city. In November 2010, Nakumatt expanded its footprint in Kampala by acquiring Payless Supermarket, a Ugandan supermarket chain with two stores in the Kampala suburbs of Bugoloobi and Bukoto, bringing the number of stores in Uganda to three.[5] The initial investment in the store in Kololo was approximately US$3 million. The two Payless Supermarket stores cost an estimated US$650,000. Nakumatt plans to expand the new stores at a later date.[6] In February 2016, the retail chain announced plans to open five new stores outside Kenya during the first half of the year.[7]


As of August 2018 the supermarket chain had Five stores in the African Great Lakes, including at the following locations:

  •   Rwanda — Three stores in Kigali. as of April 2018 was In provisional Administration.


Turnover in 2006 was over US$200 million, up 120% on the previous year.[8] In 2013, turnover (annual gross revenue) was estimated at about US$650 million.[9]


Nakumatt is a wholly Kenyan, privately held company, owned by the Atul Shah family.[10] In July 2013, Kenyan print media indicated that the chain planned to sell a 25% stake to yet an unidentified investor and use the funds for regional expansion. After that sale, the Shah family will still remain the largest shareholder in the company.[11]


The chain has a poor safety record and has faced strong criticism mainly regarding shoppers' and employees' safety. Main case in point is the 2009 Nakumatt fire in which over 29 people lost their lives. However, the management has taken steps to ensure that such accidents do not happen again.

2009 Nakumatt fireEdit

A Nakumatt store in Nairobi suffered a massive fire on 28 January 2009, killing about 29 people.

High-end mallsEdit

Nakumatt has played a significant role in the urban development of Kenya's largest and capital city, Nairobi, through the construction of upscale malls throughout the Nairobi area, which include brand name stores, banks, international eateries, theatres, etc.:

Sole Sad & InvisibleEdit

The website of Nakumatt Holdings Limited was hacked by Iranian hackers called Sole Sad & Invisible. The website as of 31 May 2014 shows a message that the website is under construction. There is a new website [12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kiruga, Morris (20 October 2013). "Supermarkets And Their Peculiar Link With Nakuru". Daily Nation Mobile. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Nakumatt Business Overview". Nakumatt Holdings. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  3. ^ Miriri, Duncan (19 April 2012). "Nakumatt: From Mattress Shop to African Chain". Reuters. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ Frank Kagabo, and Kihesi Rwaguma (24 August 2008). "Rwanda: Nakumatt Opens in Rwanda". The New Times (Rwanda) via Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  5. ^ Gakure-Mwangi, Peter (9 November 2010). "Nakumatt Opens 24 Hour Outlet in Uganda's Bugolobi Suburb". East Africa Business Week. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  6. ^ Ssempijja, David (4 November 2010). "Nakumatt Takes Over Payless Supermarket Operations". New Vision. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. ^ Mutegi, Mugambi (2 February 2016). "Nakumatt to open five more outlets in neighbour countries". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ Ondari, Justus (30 May 2007). "Kenya: Nakumatt Turnover Grows by 150%". Daily Nation Online via Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  9. ^ Mwaniki, Charles (31 October 2013). "Nakumatt Valued At KSh34 Billion, Says MD". Business Daily Africa. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  10. ^ James Kariuki, and Charles Mwaniki (8 November 2016). "Mwau exits Nakumatt with sale of 7.7pc stake". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  11. ^ Herbling, David (24 July 2013). "Nakumatt Starts Talks On Sale of 25% Stake". Business Daily Africa. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Website of Nakumatt Holdings Limited". Nakumatt Holdings. Retrieved 31 May 2014.

External linksEdit