Who would have thought, in 1979, when an unknown, anonymous company purchased eight supermarkets in Cape Town for 1,000,000 Rand, that one of Africa’s greatest companies of all times had been born?

From its humble beginnings, The Shoprite Group of Companies, a South Africa-based fast food and retail group, now runs in 16 African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands, operating more than 1,246 corporate outlets and 274 franchise outlets.

Granted its beginning has been famously described as “humble,” Shoprite got it right almost as soon as the acquisition of the companies was sealed, and it would go on to spend the next three decades plotting various acquisitions and innovative expansion strategies that have earned it its current billion standing.

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