Oba of Lagos, Others Commission SPAR Outlet in Opebi

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A new outlet of Nigeria’s foremost chain of hypermarket store, SPAR, has been opened in the Opebi area of Lagos State.

The opening of the facility was witnessed by Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Chairman of Artee Industries Ltd, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan; owner of Adebola House, Chief Adegunwa Adebola; Lagos State Chief  Vehicle Inspection Officer, Mr Gbolahan Toriola; Managing Director of SPAR Nigeria, Mr  Haresh Keswani; former Head of Corporate Services, SPAR Nigeria, Mr ‘Kunle Hamzat, amongst many others.

The new store located at the popular Adebola House, Opebi, is the largest outlet of SPAR in Lagos and it caters for the various needs and aspirations of Nigerians consumers’ goods and products such as Food and Grocery, Butchery &Bakery, Wine & Spirit, Fresh Farm Foods, Frozen Foods, Laptops, Mobile phones, electronics products and other household items.

Managing Director of SPAR Nigeria, Mr  Haresh Keswani, disclosed that the Opebi store is the 14th outlet in Nigeria, out of which eight are in Lagos with Abuja and Port Harcourt having two each and one outlet in Enugu and Calabar respectively.

Speaking at the launch of the new outlet, the Oba of Lagos said with the opening of the new store, SPAR Nigeria has further demonstrated its committed to the economic growth of Nigeria and making consumers’ goods and services available to the ever increasing  residents of Lagos state in particular and in Nigeria in general.

Mr Akiolu said “SPAR is promoting made in Nigerian goods and products which is strategic to economic development of any country such as ours. They are helping to promote our local contents thereby helping the government in her economic development policy and through that, SPAR helps the government to solve various problems especially the problem of  high unemployment in Nigeria”

He spoke further “SPAR Nigeria remains one of the leading hypermarket stores in Nigeria and with this new outlet in Opebi, the residents of this area will now enjoy varieties of affordable consumer goods and products that SPAR offers to the general public. I will want to thank the company for opening this store here in this strategic location, Opebi”

The chairman of Artee Industries Ltd, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, OON in his remarks said Opebi store remains the largest hypermarket store in Nigeria and it is strategic that it is located at Opebi in Lagos in other to respond to the yawning of the residents of the area.

“We are opening the largest hypermarket here in Opebi because of the cravings of our ever growing customers especially from this community. The uniqueness of Opebi is that we have all our products here, electronics, food and grocery, wines, perfumes, frozen products just to mention a few. We have free parking space for our customers, most of our products are made in Nigeria, we equally ensure that Nigerians have access to quality products and also have goods and products for non-Nigerians to enjoy”

According to him, “We have ensured that all our food and grocery products are approved by the regulatory authorities in Nigeria and our prices are affordable. Right now we have an unbeatable promo going on due to Black Friday Sales that we are currently offering our dear customers with up to 70% off some of our products, this will last for 8 days and we encourage our customers to take advantage of this window”

The Deputy Managing Director of Artee Group, Mr Prakesh Reswani while speaking said, Opebi outlet is not only the largest hypermarket store that the organization has but the store remains one of the most strategic in terms of its location. He said “this new store is very close to businesses, corporate organizations, residences, and common people and besides, the seat of power, Alausa Secretariat is not too far from here. We have varieties too with affordable prices; we guarantee our customers quality products and services that will give value for their money”

Speaking further, Prakesh added” we know Nigerians want this type of store in such a strategic location like Opebi, we have many of this type of  hypermarket stores in South Africa, a country whose population is lesser than Nigeria. So, Nigeria should have more here about 3,000 of this, we will help to bring that to reality. Patronages have been great, people know us with affordability and quality, our competitive edge are our prices, varieties, credibility and guarantee for money spent” he said.

SPAR Nigeria has grown from a very humble beginning to become one of the fastest growing business conglomerates in Nigeria with a wide portfolio of brands such as Park n Shop, SPAR, Port Harcourt Mall, Calabar Mall, Enugu Mall, Artee Group caters to the various needs and aspirations of Nigerians consumers.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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