With the festive season upon us, Polly Kamukama and Simon Musasizi bring you some of the businesses that have been working around the clock to open around Christmas time. Supermarkets
Capital Shopper’s City, Ntinda
Capital Shoppers has found a third home in Ntinda. Residents of Ministers’ village do not have to hustle through town in the name of shopping. The supermarket is owned by Ponsiano and Eva Ngabirano and opened doors on December 13 at an occasion graced by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala. Capital Shopper’s City is home not only to the supermarket but to restaurants, salons and banks.
A lot has already been said about this complex located along the Northern Bypass. Chief among them are the worries that it is too close to a sharp corner along the bypass. That aside, the mall is considered to be among the biggest in Kampala, and has attracted a rich blend of businesses. It has arguably Uganda’s biggest and most lavish sports bar, the Planet Sports.
International firms like Woolworths and Shoprite have outlets in the mall too. The mall has two access roads and it is strategically located in the middle of plush residential areas like National Housing estates in Naalya.
Tuskys have added another branch to the franchise located opposite Makerere University. With barely a month in business, Tuskys Makerere is already a darling of many university students, and residents of Wandegeya, Nakulabye and Kikoni.
The supermarket offers a range of products that mainly target the needs of university students. Other major supermarkets within the vicinity, such as Jaidefu and Kooke, are in a fight of their lives.
It is the biggest shopping mall on Entebbe road and the newest of the Uchumi franchise. The supermarket that has been operating at Garden City since 2002 will be opening its fourth outlet at Namasuba after Kabalagala, Garden City and Gulu.
The construction of a new shopping complex for Quality supermarket is ongoing in Kyaliwajjala. But there is doubt that it will beat the Christmas deadline. Constructors at the site have put its opening for February 2012. But while the construction goes, banks such as dfcu, Barclays, bars such as Silver Springs and companies like Umeme, National Water and Sewerage Corporation have already booked space.
Other Quality supermarkets are at Ntinda shopping village and Lubowa estates.
Blue Ginger bar and restaurant, Bukoto
The bar, located on Kisaasi road, sits on close to an acre, and has beautiful round huts constructed using bamboo trees. The huts are connected with well-made paths. The bar also boasts of an efficient fire breakout guard with fire extinguishers erected at every hut. Blue Ginger opened doors on Friday, December 9 and is owned by a UPDF captain, Moses Musinguzi.
On December 9, a new club, Amnesia, was opened. The club boasts of an executive interior décor with a blue and white ceiling. With the current economic crisis, the night spot is the answer for many revellers; here, beer goes for only Shs 4,000. However, a lot needs to be done about the club’s exterior and tight competition from the nearby Club Rouge.
Jazz is no doubt one of the fastest growing genres of music in Uganda. Already popularized by the likes of Isaiah Katumwa, Radio One and the annual Nile Gold Jazz Safaris, Jazzville’s entry is timely.
Owned by jazz musician and entrepreneur Chris Ireland, the Bandali Rise-based all-jazz club was officially opened on December 2 at a ceremony where hundreds of jazz music fans were treated to thrilling live performances by a handful of local and international jazz bands.
With artistes such as Tshilla, Mr Wes and Friends and Sauti Ya Afrika already signed up for daily gigs at the club, the genre’s fans will sure be treated to one of a kind Jazz fiesta.
Kabalagala, an area that never sleeps, welcomed its latest bar and restaurant, Timelezz, which will no doubt give its peers a run for their money. Owned by a Danish family, Timelezz boasts of a unique packaging, different from most of the other night clubs around Kampala.
“There are no theme nights here and our music is the collection from all across the world; we do not do local music that much,” Tina Larsen, a proprietor, says.
The double-storeyed African hut-structured club also boasts of a hi-tech service system where receipts are issued at teller machines. There is also a pint-server, a machine used to emit small shots of wines into a glass.
Though its décor and setup are largely basic, Timelezz has, since it’s opening on October 26, won the hearts of many Kampala revellers. It’s largely revered for its cleanliness, hospitality and affordable prices (a beer costs Shs 4,000)
Taj Mahal, Industrial area
Known to be the entertainment hub of Kampala, Industrial area was in July this year graced with the opening of one of the most executive hangout spots in Uganda. Taj Mahal hotel and casino, located just next to Ange Noir, offers both accommodation and gambling services.
Tipped to be one of the most exquisite casinos, Taj Mahal’s 22-table non-smoking poker room offers a 24-hour service and gambling lessons for beginners. Unlike other casinos, Taj Mahal holds poker competitions all through the week from 11am-7pm.
One thing though, Taj Mahal is no place for every Tom, Dick and Harry; better trust your wallet before you set foot here. An ordinary room at the hotel goes for a whopping $135 a night.