By Kingsley Adegboye

HUBMART Stores Limited,  a leading indigenous retail giant with its first outlet located on Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, has boosted retail shopping in Ikeja and environs with its second outlet located at Isaac John Street, Ikeja G RA, which formally opened for business at the weekend.

•From Left: Chairman, Hubmart Stores Ltd, Dr. Chris Ogbeche, MD Guaranty Trust Bank,Mr. Segun Agbaje; MD/CEO, Hubmart Stores Ltd, Mr. Murat Bektaslar: Senior Adviser, Homeland Real Estate Company, Mr. Francis Atuche at the official launch of Hubmart Store at Ikeja G.R.A. Photo:AkeemSalau

The property, a masterpiece of retail-purposed civil engineering exquisitely designed to give customers the ultimate shopping experience and set to take shopping to a whole new level, boasts of ultramodern facilities designed to create amazing and mind numbing shopping experience for customers.

Leading the array of star attractions at the strategically mall, is the Hubmart food court with a Deli and several other exciting offers. This is located on the first floor of the sprawling building for those looking for a quick bite and a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy their favourite meals.

Shoppers can equally take advantage of an exquisite range of products from renowned local and international brands ranging from household items to dairy, confectioneries, toiletries, groceries and a fresh section in the mart. The mall which is fitted with the state of the art equipment, also boasts of ample parking space to ensure ease of entry and exit of shoppers to the premises.

According to the managing director of Hubmart, Mr. Murat Bektaslar, the store has been designed to be the hallmark of convenient and delightful shopping from a casual viewer’s perspective.

Speaking at the facility tour of the multi-million naira project, weekend, Bektaslar, said the shop which is Hubmart’s second outlet in Lagos, was immaculately designed with every detail carefully implemented with delightful and exciting customer shopping experience in mind, emphasizing that the store will serve as a one-stop shop for all customer grocery, cleaning, fresh and household needs.

He said “we have created an environment where customers can find everything they want under one roof, get the best quality of ultra-fresh produce, and have a delightful, fulfilling and exciting shopping trip. The kids are also not left out as we noticed some very innovative kiddy-focused shopping carts and baby trucks to delight the kids as well”.

From interactions with the managing director and walk through the premises, one could tell easily, that although Hubmart isn’t currently the largest retail chain in the country, it is definitely poised to become the best retail chain in the country. While talking about the citing of the mall in Ikeja, Bektaslar stated that locating the mall in Ikeja was key because, apart from being the capital of Lagos State, Ikeja is centrally located and easy to access from various parts of Lagos. He noted that apart from some of the community development efforts embarked upon, the business is also poised to engage and positively impact the local community with the array of initiatives in the pipeline.

Corroborating the managing director, Mr. Cheng Fuller, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, noted that Hubmart stores which prides itself on its Nigerian heritage, superior customer service and excellent quality in the fresh product categories, will continue in its quest to affirm its mantra of being the best destination for shoppers in the country by providing services that guarantee value for money, delightful shopping, adequate security and very high quality ultra-fresh products.

Fuller added that the store would provide employment to over 150 Nigerians, stressing that 60 per cent of which would be sourced from the local community, and serve as a source of livelihood to many more with the extended circle of influence on the local communities such as suppliers, food  vendors and others.

The managing director who disclosed that it took one year to complete the project with its funding sourced locally, said the company has plans to open third outlet in Lekki, while there are also plans to expand to Abuja and other major cities in the country.

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