South Africa’s largest grocery retailer, Shoprite, says over 200 stores across the group have been looted and damaged during last week’s riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The retailer said that of the 1,189 supermarkets that trade under the Shoprite, Usave, Checkers and Checkers Hyper banners – 119 stores have been badly affected by looting or fire damage. Broken down, these are 69 Shoprite stores, 44 Usave stores, and six Checkers stores, including a Checkers Hyper.

54 of 537 LiquorShop stores were affected as parts of the country were affected by looting, violence and property damage.

The group said that 35 out of 340 stores in its furniture division had been badly damaged by vandalism, looting or fire. The furniture division includes OK Furniture and House & Home.

In addition, the group said that of the 444 OK franchise stores located in South Africa, 16 were damaged by vandalism, looting or fire.

The Freshmark fresh produce distribution center in Durban was ransacked; however, it has been fully operational since July 18th.

Although the corporation didn’t say how many stores it had to close during the riots, it said in its update to shareholders that the majority of the cautionary closed stores have reopened.

The group’s pharmaceutical wholesale business, Transpharm, has not experienced any business interruption in KwaZulu-Natal or Gauteng and will remain fully operational with MediRite Pharmacies.

Source: www.news24.com