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The Checkers brand is defined by convenience, quality and freshness. Checkers markets to affluent consumers in search of a world-class shopping experience by offering great value on a wide selection of groceries, as well as household and lifestyle products.
The Group acquired a national supermarket chain, Checkers, in 1991. At the time, Checkers had 169 stores and 16 500 staff members across South Africa. In 2001, the Group decided to reposition the Checkers brand to compete within the middle-to-higher income market.
Today, Checkers boasts two store formats: supermarkets and large-format hyper stores.
Checkers is South Africa’s best grocery store and supermarket brand as voted by readers of The Star in their annual 2020 Star Readers’ Choice Awards.
Have a look inside our flagship Checkers Hyper in Brackenfell:
With increasingly tight economic conditions, South Africa’s higher-income customers are seeking better value while still expecting a large range of the freshest produce and healthy food.
The Group has made great strides with its Checkers brand by improving and extending its convenience ranges while aligning products with healthy eating and cleaner living. Stores are also being modernised where appropriate, by upgrading to a newer FreshX store concept, such as Sandton Hyper.
Checkers Hyper stores are typically located in densely populated areas. It is a large-format, wider-range store with similar products to Checkers, catering for upper-income groups.
There are over 30 stores that boast an extensive range of products ranging from a variety of fresh and frozen foods, household items, indoor and outdoor furniture, and clothing, to a large range of branded appliances and audiovisual products at the Group’s TechX departments.
Checkers stores offer various in-house service departments including bakeries, delis, fish shops, wine sections and meat markets. Other value-added services shoppers can expect include:
Money Market, where customers can purchase domestic air tickets, book bus tickets, buy electricity, do money transfers and more.
Computicket, where customers can buy tickets to various leisure and sporting events, as well as tickets for travel requirements.
MediRite pharmacies provide easily accessible and affordable healthcare services, allowing customers to collect their prescription medicine while doing their grocery shopping. Checkers have also partnered with Mr D Food and customers can now order medicine online and have it delivered to their doors.
Checkers LiquorShop can be found adjacent to selected Checkers supermarkets and hyper stores, enabling shoppers to purchase a range of local and international beverages at affordable prices.
Virtual grocery vouchers can be bought online and are sent straight to the recipient’s cellphone. These vouchers can be redeemed at any Checkers or Checkers Hyper store.
The Checkers Xtra Savings Rewards Programme is helping millions of South Africans to save on their daily groceries. This rewards programme gives customers extra cash savings on more than 1 000 products. Discounts are clearly marked in-store and every saving is automatically reflected when shoppers swipe their Xtra Savings Rewards card.
“We are obsessed about our customers and giving them more ways to save. This is proof.”
– Neil Schreuder, Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the Shoprite Group
In 2019, Checkers launched Sixty60, a revolutionary one-hour, on-demand grocery delivery service. It’s the first 60-minute grocery delivery service from a supermarket chain in South Africa, and the Group is proud of the brand’s innovation in response to its customers’ demand for hyper-convenience.
The Checkers Sixty60 one hour delivery service has already won various top tier innovation awards, including:
View the Sixty60 timeline here.