Chop­pies opens 31st branch, cre­ates 50 jobs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Chron­i­cle Re­porter

GI­ANT re­tailer Chop­pies Zim­babwe has ex­tended its foot­print to Ruwa on the out­skirts of Harare where it is set­ting up shop in yet an­other mile­stone that is set to cre­ate 50 job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals.

Manag­ing direc­tor Mr Siqoko­qela Mphoko said yes­ter­day that the new busi­ness would open its doors to the public to­day.

“Yes, we are open­ing our new branch, the 31st shop in the coun­try.

“We are creat­ing 50 jobs there in line with our thrust of em­pow­er­ing peo­ple in the coun­try and as­sist­ing the Govern­ment in de­vel­op­ing the econ­omy. The new shop is sit­u­ated in Ruwa along Mutare Road on the out­skirts of Harare,” he said.

Mr Mphoko said Zim­babwe was ripe for busi­ness hence his com­pany was ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions.

He also said the com­ing in of bond notes by the end of this month should not scare away busi­nesses.

“As Chop­pies we are forg­ing ahead with busi­ness and do­ing our part even when some fear the com­ing of bond notes,” he said.

Since its en­trance into the lo­cal mar­ket three years ago, the Bu­l­awayo-head­quar­tered firm has been on an ag­gres­sive in­vest­ment drive hav­ing opened busi­ness across ma­jor cities and towns in the coun­try.

The com­pany has as a re­sult cre­ated 2000 plus jobs and be­come a mar­ket for dozens of lo­cal in­dus­try sup­pli­ers.

Two weeks ago, the gi­ant re­tailer re­ceived a com­pli­ance award for faith­fully pay­ing all its taxes to the state by the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra).

Mr Mphoko also dis­pelled a ru­mour cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia claim­ing that Chop­pies was re­fus­ing us­age of plas­tic money in its shops.

“That claim is not true. Some peo­ple took a por­tion of a no­tice at our Nel­son Man­dela branch in Harare, which in­di­cated that one of our till ma­chines was not work­ing and di­rected clients to an­other till.

“That no­tice was taken out of con­text and we are not tak­ing it lightly be­cause it is creat­ing a wrong im­pres­sion.

“Chop­pies is one of the pi­o­neers of plas­tic money us­age and this is a very good and con­ve­nient way of trans­act­ing for cus­tomers. In all our out­lets here and in the re­gion we use plas­tic money and for a long time we have been giv­ing cash back,” said Mr Mphoko.

“We will not be de­terred by this neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity be­cause we are com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try. As it is plans are un­der­way to open a 32nd shop in Harare be­fore the end of the year.”

Chop­pies Zim­babwe is a sub­sidiary of the Botswana-listed re­gional gi­ant, which is also listed on the JSE.

Mr Siqoko­qela Mphoko

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