Retail trade is the business activity associated with the sale of goods to the final consumer. It is the nexus between wholesalers or manufacturers and the consumers of the products. It is important to note that it can take a lot of forms and is not restricted solely to the sale of goods from a store. And as long as the buyer of the goods is its final consumer, it will be a retail trade. In light of the above, this paper examines the history of retail shops from Kingsway to Shoprite and their effects on consumer behavior. Drawing on original oral interviews and secondary sources, this paper gives insight into how the aforementioned retail shops influenced the social and economic lives of the Nigerian people from the late twentieth centuries onwards. The former was a United Africa Company (UAC)-owned retail establishment (one of the largest trading companies that operated in West Africa in the twentieth century), Nigeria's first modern store and pioneer outlet of the country's first chain of department stores, opened in Lagos in 1948. The latter is owned by Wakefern Food Corporation (a South African firm) and it opened its first stores in 1979. It did not begin to operate in Nigeria until December 2005. The gradual decline of Kingsway's activities and other European firms started with the 1972 Indigenization Promotion Decree by the Nigerian military government. The eventual checkmate came with the structural adjustment program of the General Sanni Abacha regime, which forced them to liquidate. Their fall created a vacuum for yet another formidable retail corporation named Shoprite. This project will also address retail shopping’s relationship to border crossing—a pivotal theme in the History Dialogues Program.
Lijadu Ibukunoluwa A.
Lijadu Ibukunoluwa studied history at the University of Ibadan, in Oyo State, Nigeria. He also acquired a diploma in French from the Nigerian French Language Village, in Badagry, Lagos. He is interested economic history. He enjoys reading different genres of books, research work, and writing.
Lijadu Ibukunoluwa A.

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