Store continues historic relationship

2017-05-16 06:02
Boxer store manager Nur van Schalkwyk, Mayco member Eddie Andrews, Pick n Pay founders Wendy and Raymond Ackerman and Boxer marketing director Andrew Mills. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Boxer store manager Nur van Schalkwyk, Mayco member Eddie Andrews, Pick n Pay founders Wendy and Raymond Ackerman and Boxer marketing director Andrew Mills. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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The managers of a new store opened at the Town Centre has already shown their commitment to the community with three donations amounting to more than R50 000 to three organisations.

Last Thursday, the Boxer store opened at the Town Centre after a month of renovations to the former Pick n Pay store.

Boxer is part of the Pick n Pay group and was primarily based in KwaZulu-Natal before the decision was made to open Boxer stores in Cape Town, said Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman at the opening.

“We opened Pick n Pay here in 1978 and all the staff are former Pick n Pay staff who worked in this store. We started Boxer 40 years ago with stores mostly in Natal and Transvaal,” said Ackerman.

This is the second Boxer store opened in the Western Cape, with two more set to open in the next few months.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), who attended the opening, challenged the store’s management to give back to the ­community.

“The decision to open the store here confirms your investor confidence in Mitchell’s Plain and hence we look forward to partnering with you. My appeal to you is that you have a clear role to play in the environment to protect your own business but also further invest in the community,” he said.

In response, Boxer marketing director Andrew Mills said they had donated to three worthy causes in the area. This included cash donations to cricketer JP Duminy’s JP21 Project, Hawkers against Crime (based at the Town Centre) and the Lentegeur LSEN school.

They will also donate kit to four nearby schools as part of the JP21 Project.

“We have identified four schools within 1km of the store. These are AZ Berman, Beacon View, Hyacinth and Cascade primary schools,” said Mills. “The partnership will see these schools receiving brand new cricket equipment and we will launch a one-day cricket clinic using the JP21 coaches. We will provide all four schools with cricket t-shirts and caps and provide these four schools with coaching facilities from September to November.”

Gareth Ackerman, chairperson of the Pick n Pay board, said the Pick n Pay in Town Centre was one of his company’s first stores outside “white” areas during the apartheid era.

“Our mission was always that we could bring food at low prices to all the people living in South Africa. Our vision as a company has always been that rich people love low prices, poor people need low prices and we have worked on this tirelesly over the last 50 years,” he said.

The original Pick n Pay started with local shareholders, with many of them still having shares in the mother company.

Mills said when the decision was made to convert the store, they had only one month to put everything together.

This was Boxer’s 234th store opening.

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