Raiders hit 10 Game stores, 2 Makro stores, and 18 Builders

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The wave of looting in Pietermaritzburg earlier this week.

Appliance and grocery retailer Massmart has confirmed looters have accessed and stolen goods from 18 Cambridge stores, 10 Game stores, 8 Builders stores, 3 Cash & Carry and 2 Makro stores.

The Walmart-controlled retailer said on Friday that two of its distribution centers were also directly affected, and a total of four facilities suffered significant damage from arson.

The company has been hit hard as KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have been hit by looting, violence and property damage in recent days.

The retailer said it has had to temporarily close a number of vulnerable stores and facilities over the past few days in an attempt to protect its staff, stores and distribution center facilities.

Following looming food shortages in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country due to disruptions in supply chains, the group said it was moving its products to distribution centers where it had capacity. integrated backup.

“We are therefore confident in our ability to meet the stock needs of our stores,” the group said in a statement.

The group said the insurance coverage in place for such events will minimize losses for the group and the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

“Massmart continues to collaborate with and leverage the support and expertise of its majority shareholder, Walmart, who has expressed unambiguously their commitment to our business,” the group said.

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