Africa’s largest retailer is looking to quit Nigeria but its exit strategy is still unclear

When a major private sector player decides to exit a country despite long-running investment and a perceived strong brand, it raises many questions.

South Africa-owned Shoprite’s choice to get out of Nigeria’s retail space is no different.

One immediate effect is that Shoprite’s call is being discussed as a referendum on the state of Nigeria’s economy which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying lockdown measures. But there are also significant questions over the country’s vaunted middle-class segment and the dwindling purchasing power of the wider consumer market.

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