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Monday, 20 April 2015 13:35

Vianen Lifestyle Centre Opening

The Lifestyle Franchise, owned and managed by The ICC Buying Group, opened up the first of its kind Lifestyle Shopping Centre called The Vianen Lifestyle Centre in the Limpopo Province on the 27th February 2015. The centre is situated in the village of Vianen, 10km outside Marken to better serve the surrounding local community.

The Lifestyle supermarket also offers a fresh fruit and vegetables section as well as a large butchery and bakery section ensuring a one-stop shop for the surrounding population. The community can now enjoy the convenience of a supermarket close to their homes and the added benefit of less transport costs.

The Vianen Lifestyle Centre is owned by Steven Ratlou, Group CEO of Phapo Nkone Enterprises who developed the centre offering a Lifestyle Supermarket and Lifestyle Liquormarket. This grand opening ceremony was attended by thousands of excited local community members and dignitaries.

In his opening speech, Ratlou delivered an inspirational message to the large audience and commented clearly and directly: "Get yourself an education, get off your butt and work for it! Don't expect hand-outs, you need to earn it." Once almost a parliamentarian, Ratlou declined the offer, as he was not prepared to have his destiny dictated by the show of hands.

The opening ceremony also included addresses by the Community Leader, the Mayor of Mogalakwena Local Municipality, The Executive mayor of Waterberg District Municipality, The Department of Education, the Vianen Community Forum, the Health and Social Development Department, SAPS, Traditional Leaders, Business Partners and The ANC Waterberg region. A sermon was also part of the programme of events to bless the proceedings and the grand opening.

The retailer then cut the ribbon with his elderly mother to officially open the Centre, whilst prayers of joy were being sung by the local priest. The first consumers entered the store to the welcoming staff and were extremely thankful to the owner for bringing the "city" to their doorstep.

Manny Gouveia, 
Franchise Manager of the ICC Buying Group was extremely happy with the opening of the Lifestyle Centre and commented: "One of the many challenges was to secure a proper supply chain across the spectrum, including perishables, fresh meat and fruit and vegetables. With some clever planning and support from our supply base, these were overcome and we are extremely proud of this new Lifestyle Centre to add our expanding footprint."

For more information on becoming part of the Lifestyle Group, please contact Manny Gouveia on 011 318 4838 or .

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