Makro opened its 22nd new state of the art store in the Cornubia precinct near uMhlanga on Wednesday, 27 March with thousands of shoppers queuing the lines for the greatest deals and latest products, from as early as 2am.
The much anticipated grand opening of the 19 000 square meter store was attended by eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, King Goodwill Zwelithini as well as musicians, Lloyd Cele and Danny K. The first customer was a woman, Zinhle Mthethwa from KwaMashu who waited hours in the queue before the store opened at 7am.
In his opening speech, CEO Doug Jones expressed his gratitude to all teams involved in bringing the store to fruition. “A Makro store is a very very big undertaking, what you see around you is a combination of many hours of effort by many people. During construction of the store, over 600 people were provided jobs and has created full time employment indirectly and directly for more than 400 people in the community.
“This store around you is remarkable – it is a combination not just of hard work, blood, sweat and more than a few tears, it is all our dreams made real, because it is our dream to help customers fulfil their aspirations of living better lives and running better businesses by saving time and money. This store captures the essence of
Makro the past and Makro the future, it represents the hopes of each of us for a brighter and better future. Everybody here should be very proud to have played a role in bringing that dream to life,” Jones said.
Speaking to The Phoenix Tabloid, director for marketing and ecommerce, Andrew Stein said, “We hadn’t had any stores in northern Durban and shoppers from north of Durban and up all the way to Ballito have been asking us to open a store here and lucky enough, we were able to find land and grant the wishes of our customers. We are very excited to be able to finally open the store to our customers today and create employment for hundreds of people in the area, which is very important to the Makro business.”
In her address, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said, “The Makro Cornubia store will contribute to job creation, boost the local economy and also attract investment in northern parts of the city.
The store will also be of much assistance to small businesses in the north because Makro has a bulk-buying service. As the City of Durban, we would like to thank Makro for opening opportunities for local youth who find it difficult to access the job market.”