Queues for Shoprite bread shrinks on stiff competition

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There were long queues for bread at Shoprite nearly a decade ago that one would have to squeeze through a crowd of people lined up in a single file like the Amazon anaconda snake.

One could also see twitch smiles on the faces of sellers who were clad in immaculate uniform while they attended to customers, but remained focused as the supervisors strolled across the hall

More interesting was that the streets were occupied with hawkers selling the staple food to motorists in traffic gridlock

However, as other bakers started growing their bakeries, the demand for Shoprite bread began to dwindle, that is to say the retail giant is gradually giving in to competition, an inevitable law of demand and supply.

“When a new product comes out, you will expect demand to be high, but when the product stays in the market for a while, you have had enough of it, and taste fades,” said Usoro Essien, head of Research at Vetiva Capital Ltd.

“There are competitions in those places that Shoprite is located as newer and smaller Bakeries are coming up, thereby reducing demand for that location,” said Essien.

These days, Nigerian entrepreneurs are starting bakery business with just N50,000 as many people operate the business from their backyards, as they continue to explore new opportunities in a distressed economy.

The top five bakers in the country are: Appetizers Delite, Chocolate Royal, Candie Patisseries, Cold Stone Creamery, and Caffe Tranche by Araba.

Shoprite Group recorded its worst results in 20 years, blaming high inflation and a sluggish economy in countries like South Africa and Nigeria for the disappointing results.

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