The Expansion of Choppies into Africa
Laurence Beder & Angie Urban
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Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
Marketing, Marketing Strategy
On a Saturday morning in early October 2015, Choppies chief executive officer (CEO), Ramachandran Ottapathu, made his weekly visit to a Choppies store. While watching the familiar scenes in the Choppies superstore in Gaborone, he considered the company’s strategy to extend its African footprint. Choppies was the leading supermarket chain in Botswana, targeting the lower- to middle-income sectors. The company had 134 stores in three countries: 75 in Botswana, 38 in South Africa and 21 in Zimbabwe. Its major strategic objective was to increase its overall number of stores to 200, and the number of African countries it operated in to six, by the end of 2016. Ottapathu wondered how Choppies could achieve this objective while still growing value for shareholders.