OK Bazaars Ltd

OK Bazaars Ltd

South Africa

On 25 June 1927, Michael Miller and Sam Cohen opened the first OK Bazaars on Eloff and President Streets in Johannesburg. In 1929, OK Bazaars was listed as a public company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. OK Bazaars went on to gain success as a general store throughout South Africa, and became a household name. The company played a role in the labour history of South Africa, as the establishment of this franchise led to competition between stores in small towns throughout the country, for example, where Indian traders had set up general stores.

OK Bazaars was established in Rhodesia in 1940, with the Salisbury branch as its flagship store. The second store was established in Bulawayo in the same year, then Gwelo, Umtali and Fort Victoria were opened.

In 1978, OK Bazaars was bought by Delta Corporation; the name was changed to OK Zimbabwe in 1994. In 1997, OK Bazaars was bought out by Shoprite Checkers. However, the OK franchise still exists today as a furniture chain store.

Branches

  • Bulawayo
  • Kitwe
  • Salisbury

References

Contributors
  • James Gavin

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