KoT React as China Square Shuts Down

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China Square Limited announced temporary closure on Sunday February 26, to allow the owners re-evaluate their business model.

The shopping center added that the closure would enable them get a new plan to serve their customers better.

“This decision has been made to allow us to re-evaluate and replan our company strategy, in order to better serve our customers and meet their needs,” China Square announced.

It also detailed plans to collaborate with local traders in their new strategy. Defending the move, the one stop shopping centre maintained that the move was key to integrating with the community.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will understand our need to take this action. “Our commitment to providing you with the highest level of service remains as strong as ever,” it added.

However, the one stop shopping mall announced plans to reopen on Monday February 27.

The announcement comes after claims that China Square has driven Kenyan traders out of business with lowly priced goods.

The mall, located next to Kenyatta University is said to be a hub for products and businesses, selling everything from electronics to clothing.

China Square gained attention for creating a versatile shopping centre that some social media users claimed was challenging the dominance of Eastleigh, Kamukunji, and Dubois Road in the Nairobi Central Business District.

Trade and Investment Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has announced that he has given the go-ahead for the buyout of the lease given to China Square, a newly opened store at Kenyatta University’s Unicity Mall in Nairobi.

However, Kuria’s tweet suggests that he believes that Chinese investors should focus on manufacturing in Kenya, rather than trading.

“I have today given an offer to Prof Wainaina the VC Kenyatta University to buy out the lease for China Square, Unicity Mall and hand it over to the Gikomba, Nyamakima, Muthurwa & Eastleigh Traders Association. We welcome Chinese investors to Kenya but as manufacturers not traders,” Kuria said.

Buying out the lease means paying the current tenants or leaseholders a sum of money in exchange for terminating their lease agreements, after which the properties would be transferred to the local traders.

By offering to hand over the lease of China Square and Unicity Mall to local traders’ associations, he seemed to be advocating for a more localized approach to commerce in Kenya.

Kuria also blamed former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i over China Square’s operations in Kenya.

Kuria claims the former Interior CS is the one who issued permits to Chinese traders at the mall.

“Dear Fred Okengo Matiangi. Why did you issue work permits to the Chinese traders at China Square at Unicity?” he posed on Twitter.

Kuria’s offer has already generated a lot of discussion on social media, with some praising his commitment to supporting local traders, while others are questioning the feasibility of his proposal.

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