While the complex has faced criticism, it remains an important landmark in the city and a symbol of the growing economic ties between China and Kenya.
China Square Store has Angered Kenyan Traders but Kenyans are Smiling
The past weekend witnessed an online war between a Chinese investor, Lei Cheng, and the minister of trade, Moses Kuria. The war has now dragged the Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) community and going by the opinions of Kenyans on Twitter, the arguments for or against China Square seem to be debatable at whatever angle they are presented.
According to Moses Kuria, the Chinese investor should have set up a manufacturing plant instead of a retail outlet that has received an uproar from the business community because it is driving them out of business with its cheap pricing model. On his part, Mr. Lei Cheng has argued that part of his setting up the mall was the fact that he had done his research and realized that Kenyans were being sold Chinese goods at an exorbitant price. It is that statement that has endeared him to the Kenyan masses.
To them, he is the classical Robin Hood whose sole interest has been seeing Kenyans enjoying Chinese goods at a fair price.
Moses Kuria has been faulted by Kenyans for kicking the Chinese out of business. For one, he is considered to be against Kenyans enjoying fair prices for imported commodities. In fact, some KOT members are wondering if the business community has been exploiting Kenyans along. Now that they have realized that there is another competitor offering the goods at reasonable prices, they have decided to edge him out politically.
If Lei Cheng survives, it will be an ironic twist of events because for the brief stint that he has trended in Kenya, most people have learned about his presence and they will most likely visit him and shop at the complex.
China Square is a commercial complex located in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya. This unique development, which opened its doors in 2015, has brought a fresh and modern approach to the retail and commercial sector in Kenya. The complex was built by a Chinese construction firm and is owned by Chinese investors. It has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors to Nairobi.
The China Square complex is located along Thika Superhighway, which is one of the main arterial roads in Nairobi. It is hosted by Unicity Mall of Kenyatta University and it is located at a convenient location for people living in the nearby neighborhoods and those commuting to and from the city center.
One of the unique features of China Square is the large supermarket located on the ground floor. The store stocks a wide range of products, including fresh produce, household items, and electronics. The supermarket has become a popular shopping destination for locals who appreciate the variety of products on offer, competitive prices, and convenient location.
The development of China Square has not been without controversy. The complex has been criticized by some who argue that it represents a form of neo-colonialism, with Chinese investors dominating the Kenyan retail sector. However, it has closed its doors briefly as a notice going around social media from its management has disclosed that they are addressing the issues of insufficient tills and crowd control on the complex which brings about the question of security. Apparently, the management had closed the shopping complex on Sunday to restrategize on its pricing model.
In conclusion, China Square is a unique commercial complex that has brought a fresh and modern approach to the retail and commercial sector in Kenya. It has become a popular destination for locals and visitors to Nairobi, offering a wide range of products and services in a convenient location. While the complex has faced criticism, it remains an important landmark in the city and a symbol of the growing economic ties between China and Kenya.
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