By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
Uganda is a welcome country and stable for doing business in the region as Turkish retailers LC Waikiki, one of the world’s leading fashion retail brands, opens its store at Acacia Mall in Kampala city.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sedah Kucuk, one of the founders of LC Waikiki said that this is part of its Africa expansion and growth strategy that is in line with its mission ‘Everyone Deserves to Dress Well’ and that opening this store makes Uganda the second country in East Africa where LC Waikiki expands its brand.
“Uganda is the latest country to join our portfolio. Entry into the Ugandan market is seen as a step towards increasing LC Waikiki’s footprint in Africa,” Sebdah said.
LC Waikiki, according to Sebdah, is currently operating in 47 countries, 312 different cities on 3 continents and has almost 50,000 employees.
The Turkish brand’s target, according to Sebdah, is to have more than 1500 stores all over the world by the end of 2023.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Uganda, H.E Kerem Alp who was chief guest at the opening ceremony said that despite the challenges in doing business this year due to COVID-19, Uganda and Turkish authorities are still committed to seeing that Ugandans have access to Turkey’s high-quality products.
“We have been giving many Ugandans visas to go to Turkey for garment shopping and unfortunately due to COVID-19 many may not be able to go to Turkey now or in the near future, this is why we have now bought you the best of Turkey right here,” Ambassador Kerem said.
The Ambassador [H.E.Kerem Alp] said that Turkey is strategically located in the midst of Europe and Asia which allows it to enjoy top quality European products that are sold at cheap Asian prices.
According to Mr. Kerem Alp the Turkish Ambassador, LC Waikiki has set the goal of affordable fashion beyond Turkish borders by connecting with various cultures in different markets.
“They are committed to providing customers from all age groups with products that are suitable for their style and budget,” he added.
Founded in 1988, LC Waikiki continues to grow for 32 years both in Turkey and abroad. It opened its first store outside Turkey in 2009 in Romania, and since then has expanded rapidly across the globe.
About LC Waikiki
Founded in 1988, LC Waikiki has been serving under the roof of LC Waikiki Retail since 1997 with the mission “Everyone deserves to dress well” and “accessible fashion” approach in Turkey.
LC Waikiki continues to grow for 32 years both at home and abroad. As the leader in the ready-to-wear industry, LC Waikiki serves with its 49,434 employees and over 1000 stores in 46 countries.