Food Lover’s Market closes outlets in Zambia

Food Lover’s Market closes outlets  in Zambia

Food Lover’s Market chain store has started closing outlets in Zambia.

So far two outlets including the one at Makeni shopping mall have been shut.

Another South African chain store Spar closed all its outlets in Zambia last month leaving hundreds of workers jobless.

The PF regime issued a statement last week that it was saddened by the departure of spar.

Most of these foreign companies are not even good for Zambia as they just dump stuff from
South Africa when Zambia has enough products especially agricultural products.

With all the huge vegetables grown in Zambia, these foreign companies are still allowed to import from South Africa.

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    Hunter Shilesa 8 hours ago

    What are you complaining about? Food Lovers is South African, Spar is South African,including Shoprite, Pep and Pick n Pay. Did you, in your usual zambian watchdog intelligence, think these shops came to sell zambian goods? No. They are not even obliged to.

    So dont cry about them not selling your vegetables. Arent you intelligent enough to Make your own shops in zambia or elsewhere, where you can sell your zambian stuff? Why do you have to wait for chinese or south africans or other nationals to make shops then you start complaining or want to force them to sell your things in their premises?

    Grow up!

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    Mulenga 9 hours ago

    Zambian farmers are not organized because the last time they were a functioning union, their cash attracted vampires who looted it. One of them was so blatant that he built himself a mansion with first grade home security with game animals ..and got off because of impunity and because the government itself is riddled from top to bottom with corruption. Chagwa has no vision on anything good for Zambia other than making it his own milk cow using his party as a disguise for crimes against Zambia. Agriculture world wide does not survive in a vacuum, it is always a third leg of any government. You only have to read far and wide and see how stupid our agro policies are because of our empty headed leaders. Food Lovers also showed Zambians how far food processing can go hand in hand with the modern life. It is not good enough to be growing onions and tomatoes and delivering then to a shop. We need FRA to be educated to see food as beyond maize. These people at FRA are so small brained that they are an obstacle to a better fed nation. Chagwa and his government ought to go away with their small minds so that Zambia can thrive. Food Lovers are doing Zambia a favour by closing..sadly they are closing just when the PF are claiming that Zambia Airways is operational. They will probably start importing caviar now and other delicacies to enjoy themselves as they watch videos of some of their colleagues in government amuse themselves

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    FuManchu 15 hours ago

    What kind of government is it that has no policies favoring its nationals but rather favors foreign “investors” with long tax breaks! Foreign/alien “investors” have an easy trip on almost everything to do with registration and bank soft loans! Zambians have been reduced to traders of varying degrees and transactions when dealing with nationals, financial institutions only listen to 100% cash transactions! How can even an economy thrive when the little money in peoples’ hands is hidden in trunks so that it accumulates to a needed amount before it can possibly be released into circulation? Of course these shops are closing due to either loss of business because of covid-19 or the tax-relief period has expired and they have made their money! Space rentals are too high for trader Zambians!

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    Zambia has rich soil, the government needs to reinvest in agriculture. I grew up without eating produce from South Africa but fresh vegetables from mum’s backyard garden. Mum still sends me produce from her farm so PF revisit your agriculture policy. There’s no need to cry over SPAR etc. Zambians now have a chance to empower themselves.

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      Hunter Shilesa 8 hours ago

      What are you complaining about? Food Lovers is South African, Spar is South African,including Shoprite, Pep and Pick n Pay. Did you, in your usual zambian watchdog intelligence, think these shops came to sell zambian goods? No. They are not even obliged to.

      So dont cry about them not selling your vegetables. Arent you intelligent enough to Make your own shops in zambia or elsewhere, where you can sell your zambian stuff? Why do you have to wait for chinese or south africans or other nationals to make shops then you start complaining or want to force them to sell your things in their premises?

      Grow up!

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    Consumer 23 hours ago

    Are we only capable of growing cabbage heads? The rumored China Mall being built on Great North Road, in front of Shoprite and PicknPay and opposite the closed down Spar across the road must be made to buy Zambian before buying from anywhere else….. Let us see what happens. Success doesn’t come by eliminating competition, but through working harder than competition. Wake up!

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    All the big malls are owned and operated by foreigners and all contracts are in US$$$. Thanks to the greedy corrupt government the exchange rate to the kwacha has gone through the floor. No shop owner can afford rentals in this way. Secondly, Zambian farmers don’t want to work as a cooperative – and no single farmer can guarantee consistent supplies. That is the only reason the veggies come from SA.

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      Dollarisation of rentals occurs because the kwacha is not a reliable store of value due to high inflation. Where capital is borrowed and u don’t fix your cashflow in the US$, it soon becomes difficult if not impossible to service the loan as inflation erodes capacity to pay back. The PF government is to blame because they have failed to maintain a stable rate of inflation. They found single-digit inflation but hv since driven it to double-digits.

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    Am sure we can do it as Zambians as long as it’s won’t be parastetal, there’s enough local foods grown in the country, it’s about maintaining quantities and quality, we used to have the so called Zcbc, So I and so on am sure we’ve learnt alot from them Shoprites, let’s rise up to the occasion.

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    Mrs wise one 1 day ago

    The problem is we like individualised businesses. But in production, there is professionalism. If we teamed up, the brains as well as implementors on the ground, we can never miss food lovers again because we can do it. Yes we can do it as zambians. Positive mind and focus are key.

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    The closure of Food Lovers in Zambia is an opportunity for Zambians to rise up and create our own version of Food Lovers, only this time for our own home grown vegetables. Zambian products are good, we just have not packaged them properly nor sell them in better places. The fact that Food Lovers thrived means that there are people who want to buy fruit and vegetables in such an environment. So let’s provide it.

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    Musumali Liyunga 1 day ago

    Zambia is a fake country not capable of doing anything progressive. All the leaders think of how to enrich themselves and sex. They can not even think of local investment to replace these South African stores and even to compete with them. Don’t you wonder why they even fail to hold press conferences. They have nothing tangible and logical to tell the people.

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    Ndine 1 day ago

    I think the problem has been rentals for the malls which are quoted and paid in USD while the customers for these chain stores pay in the currency if the country which is Kwacha. With the depreciation of the Kwacha against USD, these rentals were unachievable. Food Lovers outlets, like Melissa Supermarkets, were among the few chain stores that bought goods Directly from the smallest farmer/entrepreneur and thus supported us small timers. Really how did we fail to implement the rule that goods and services in Zambia must be quoted and paid for in the local currency?

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    John 2 days ago

    They didn’t pay lungu the bribe, so they are out

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    They were importing from South Africa because Zambian farmers are too disorganised to guarantee regular quality , quantity and supply. Sadly we hv no people with a can-do attitude in government. If I was in government, I know exactly wht I would have done. I would hv called a meeting of the business owners and Zambian Farmers Union. From there, one thing would uv led to another. There’s considerable refrigeration capacity which these shops had invested in and brought to Zambia. This is real capital, the very thing we are short of in Zambia. Unfortunately this is no priority for the hop-heads.

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      Slim 2 days ago

      These hop-heads as you call them are busy working. Ask the former minister caught busy.