Tuskys United Mall has resumed operations after being shut over rent arrears.
The supermarket, which has been struggling in recent months, said it had reached an agreement with the landlord, who has been a long-term partner.
“The branch has since resumed normal business operations/. We regret the inconvenience caused to our esteemed stakeholders,” Tuskys CEO Dan Githua said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that they are in the process of onboarding a long-term strategic partner that will provide the necessary support. Auctioneers Thursday shut down Tuskys Supermarket store in Kisumu’s United Mall over Sh26 million rent arrears, highlighting the depth of the retailer’s financial woes.
In an early morning incident on Thursday, Victoria Blues Services Auctioneers stopped Tuskys from opening its doors and was set to auction the retailer’s stock and a lorry next Friday.
Shoppers at the supermarket located at the United Mall on the Kisumu-Kakamega highway were caught unawares during the incident.
“We have secured the goods by locking the store. They have a dispute over rent with the landlord that they must pay before they can trade at the mall,” said a representative from VBSA.
The retailer revealed it owes suppliers Sh6.2 billion and is seeking to sell a majority stake in a rescue attempt.
The auctioneer had issued a notice on Tuskys goods that will be sold on August 28, including electronics, shelves, toiletries and food items.