Makro has evolved in the retail space from a stalwart warehouse chain to now being able to offer customers a convenient online shopping hub. Makro offers food, the latest electronics, houseware, camping and outdoor equipment and even liquor.
A total of 22 Makro stores trade in South Africa, bringing convenience and affordability to local households and businesses. With the ecommerce addition to our digital offering, customers can now enjoy Makro’s deals and value-added services across a broader reach of locations.
Our extensive online shopping range includes the majority of items you would expect to find in any Makro store and carries with it the same ethos we have always maintained. We operate under a low cost/ low margin trading philosophy, enabling us to deliver quality merchandise at competitive prices.
Over the years
Since opening our first store in 1971 in Germiston, Makro has grown immensely. Opening our first store was a milestone for South Africa – it became the first cash-and-carry store in the country making use of top-end technology for stock and sales tracking.
By 1989, five new stores had been added to the stable and MD, Mark Lamberti, had formulated a strong crew and strategy that would found and grow Massmart - a multi format major wholesale and retail group of which Makro is the cornerstone. Our flagship store, Woodmead, was built in 1993 and has since grown to become of the most popular retail outlets in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
Merging with Massmart and Walmart
Fast tracking to 2011, and to the merger between Massmart and Walmart (the US based retail company operating all over the world) meant an expanded offering which we could extend to our shoppers, allowing more variety and brands at even more competitive prices.
2014 saw the release of our ecommerce platform. It is the next step in our digital evolution and the perfect opportunity for us to ensure that we continue to provide the best shopping experience on every level. We welcome you to browse our products and make use of the convenience of online shopping.