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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 02:00

Fourth ICC Lifestyle Store Opens in Mogaladi

The ICC Group (Independent Cash & Carry Group) successfully opened their fourth Lifestyle Supermarket franchise store in Mogaladi Village, Mpumalanga on the 16th August 2013. Thanks to ICC's expertise, assistance and guidance, owner Johannes Machika proudly re-opened Tshepo's Lifestyle Supermarket to the community with joyful speeches and celebrations to mark this momentous occasion.

Present at the opening was store owner Mr Machika, Community Elder Mr Tladi, the ICC Team, key suppliers such as Unilever, Foodcorp and Twizza and members of the community. Speeches, prayers, blessings and thanks pre-ceded the festivities and give-aways before the ribbon was cut and the first shoppers entered the new look store.

The ICC Group recognised the opportunity to transform the store from a general dealership into a fully fledged, well stocked supermarket to better serve the community and create a more profitable, low cost concern for the owner. Manny Gouveia and Cedric Appel from ICC began working with Mr Machika on the franchise agreement to take the store to the next level and six months later the new store opened. Improvements included a store revamp, installation of shelves and signage, merchandising, computer system implementation and extensive training in all areas including stock ordering / control. This together with ICC's buying power enabled Tshepo's Lifestyle Supermarket to offer a wide range of items and exceptional prices to the public.

Machika started his tuck shop business on the same site 35 years ago with only sixty seven rands stock. He built it up over the years to a General Dealer, selling building materials, clothing, hardware, furniture, appliances and a limited range of groceries. He also established a tavern, bottle store and car spares shop on the next door premises.

Now a fully fledged Supermarket, Tshepo's Lifestyle Supermarket, situated 40km's north east of Marble Hall, serves some twelve thousand households and three schools within a ten kilometer radius.

In the first week of trading, the store tripled its normal turnover; yielding great profits than ever before and looks set for an extremely bright future.

For further queries and franchise opportunities, please contact Cedric Appel on

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