Pick n Pay, Boxer stores gradually reopening in KZN, Gauteng

Pick n Pay, Boxer stores gradually reopening in KZN, Gauteng

Food retailers Pick n Pay and Boxer stores are set to gradually start reopening their doors as the violence and looting of the past week starts to subside.

Processed food products removed from shelves in major retailers
Dineo Mphahlele

The two retail giants were among the hardest hit when looting and public violence erupted in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. 


Pick n Pay CEO Peter Boone says the opening of the stores will provide some relief to affected communities.


"We also know that many people in many areas, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, are suffering from the damage to essential infrastructure and are finding it difficult to obtain essential food and groceries. 


"The situation remains fragile, but we want to assure customers and communities that our Pick n Pay and Boxer teams are working flat out to bring essential supplies from Gauteng and the Western Cape into the affected areas."

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Many of the affected stores will be reopened in the coming days.


"As the situation has eased, we have already reopened many of our stores in KwaZulu-Natal and the affected parts of Gauteng,” says Boone.  


"We plan to reopen even more in the coming days, as we do this, the safety of our colleagues and customers remains our first priority." 


Transportation of essentials in bulk is underway after the N3 toll following its reopening on Friday. 

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