By Ntsoaki Toloane

Mica Build hardware shop recently opened a new branch in Lenasia, a move that is expected to create employment opportunities for the community.

The manager of the new Mica Build branch, Punnet Mistry said the new store is found at Unit 3, Corner Olive Avenue and Main Lawley road.

“We have started offering customers products such as paints, sand, stone, bricks, doors, windows, electrical, plumbing, power tools, timber and general hardware,” said Mistry.

He said they opened another branch on request from their many customers from Orange Farm, Soweto and Lawley. “We have 20 employees and the store is open from Monday to Friday from 0800hrs to1700hrs. On Saturday we open from 0800hrs to 1300hrs and on Sundays we do not open. We also offer free delivery services,” he said.

Mistry added that they offer loyalty rewards, where they offer customers points. He added that they offer credit sales as well.

“There is an application for credit done in our store. The customer is required to bring an ID, three payslips and a three months bank statement,” he said.

Mistry said they have another branch at Robin Avenue, Lenasia Ext 1, Signet Terrance shopping centre. He said it has been operating for 10 years.

Mica is a leading independent hardware group owned by a retailer co-operative, which has over 160 independent trading members. It was founded more than 29 years ago by a group of store owners with the ambition to bring a community hardware store to every town. The hardware combines the buying power of the group with the expertise of its individual store owners to deliver an extensive value for money exchange.

The number of outlets expanded as corporate owned stores opened to compliment the trading member platform, after a corporate company acquired the Mica brand in 2004.

Today, Mica is once again a member owned brand where the man who owns the store, runs the store. This level of brand ownership among members has contributed to stores outperforming all past achievements.