The Gain Cash and Carry Group, best known for their wide range of FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods) at highly competitive, discounted prices, has recently branched out into hardware retail outlets. They already have very successful hardware sections at Gain Cash and Carry stores in Harare at Lytton Road, their TSF branch in Willowvale, as well as at their Gweru branch. They also have containers for cement sales at their Junction branch in Southerton and at Muzarabani, Ruwa, Triangle and at Kelvin Corner in Graniteside. These branches only sell cement so far and are not yet fully fledged hardware stores.
Gain Cash and Carry was first registered in 2016 – the company being formed by a management buyout of 59 National Foods outlets across Zimbabwe. Initially Gain distributed mostly National Foods products in their FMCG outlets but soon expanded and diversified to offer a full range of supermarket goods. At this stage there were two main store formats – the wholesale supermarkets and dedicated stockfeed stores. In 2019 management decided to grow and expand into the hardware sector and their ‘store within a store’ concept was born. Hardware seemed a logical addition to their already extensive portfolio. They opened their first Gain Hardware in Gweru in November 2019 and Graniteside was officially opened in February this year.
The newest addition to their stable, situated on the corner of Boshoff Drive and Kelvin Road South in Graniteside, Harare, is dedicated solely to hardware, building and agricultural products. It’s opposite Waverly Blankets in the premises formerly occupied by UBM Hardware. The building has been sort of turned around, so the main frontage and the entrance is now from Boshoff Drive rather than from Kelvin Road. The UBM building had been vacant for a number of years and was desperately in need of being brought back to life. The various buildings and warehouse spaces were ideally suited to their needs and there was not a great deal of structural work needed to make the premises function efficiently. Most of the structural work was cosmetic and involved renovations and refurbishment rather than drastic changes.
It’s conveniently situated on Boshoff Drive – a busy thoroughfare just off the main Seke Road – with easy access to the CBD and industrial sites and convenient for residents from the southern suburbs. The site also has ample parking for customers and loads of space for deliveries and collections. The exterior has received a bit of a facelift with gallons of Gain’s signature bright green paint, a new roof section over the entrance, a new more open and attractive glass façade, some bright eye-catching signage and a new bright green palisade fence that separates the parking space from Boshoff Drive.
Combined together a few renovations can transform a tired old building and create a vibrant, new and very distinctive corporate image. It’s bound to attract their target market – individual home owners and DIYers (both local and in the diaspora) big contractors in the construction and renovation industries as well as institutions embarking on new projects or updating existing, established ones.
Gain Hardware’s comprehensive range of stock makes them your one-stop shop for all your home, garden or construction needs. Their range of building materials includes cement, brickforce, dpc, rhinoboards, gypsums, air vents and sills as well as roofing materials, window and door frames, doors, timber, plumbing and sanitary ware, tiles, adhesives and grouting, electrical supplies and lighting, solar products, paints and accessories, and power tools. They stock gardening tools and agricultural products (including fertilisers and animal feeds), safety wear, as well as gas tanks and accessories. For the home they also stock white goods, bedding and school trunks. In fact, just about everything you need – and more!
Currently Gain Cash and Carry has around 750 members of staff in their branches across Zimbabwe, mostly recruited locally from the areas where their stores are located. Thus the community benefits in two ways: the convenience of one-stop shopping at very competitive prices, plus employment opportunities for locals. Gain offers internship and on-going staff training programmes so employees can continuously upgrade their skills. In the interests of staff welfare they have partnered with key stakeholders to provide a Covid safe environment for both staff and customers, they provide staff with PPE and manage and monitor the welfare of affected employees, hospitalisation, testing and counselling.
In line with Gain’s social responsibility ethics they partner with local institutions like schools, hospitals and tertiary colleges on a variety of initiatives to improve and uplift the lives of the communities where they operate.
Whether you’re a big construction company, a small contractor, a home DIYer or a garden enthusiast the new Gain Hardware in Graniteside is the right place to purchase your materials and equipment. Even if you’re not looking for anything in particular drop into the new shop to check out their enormous range of products. You’re bound to find some special bargains that catch your eye!
To contact Gain Hardware:
Visit: Boshoff Drive corner Kelvin Road South,
Call: 0731707537, 0731029014
They’re open 7 days a week Mon to Sun from 08.00 to 17.00
-text by Michael Nott
-photos by Structure and Design