Kisumu City gets an economic boost as a Toyota dealer, CFAO Motors Kenya, kicks off the construction of a Sh0.5Billion showroom in the City.
The motor vehicle distributor had set shop in the lakeside city in 2011 and has been renting its current workshops and showroom spaces in different locations.
Arvinder Reel, CFAO Motors Kenya managing director said the showroom will bring all their services under one roof.
“With our new investment, we will be able to consolidate our operations and offer our customers a great experience,” he said.
The dealer’s plan is to deepen its network in western Kenya to serve the 14-member Lake Region Economic Bloc. Therefore, the facility will help to realize this goal.
Located in Nyamasaria, The 3,600 square metre facility will take 12 months to be completed.
Economic Expansion and Green Energy Utilisation
The company plans to utilise green energy at the new facility. It will install a solar plant expected to generate 45MWh per annum to serve the operations at the facility.
The showroom will give the dealer 40% more space and will include 12 service bays, and more parking space. This will cater well for the display of distributors’ expanded auto portfolio that now houses Toyota, Suzuki, Yamaha, Hino, Autofast, Winparts and Automark.
With the introduction of additional brands, Mr Reel stated that it will allow them to offer trade-ins. Customers can bring in their used vehicles and trade in for new ones.
“The company leverages on modern and spacious facilities and leading-edge technology to provide a complete range of before and after-sales services to meet all customer needs,” he said.
The function was presided over by Kisumu governor, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o. He said that his administration has offered a conducive business environment for investors and the milestone investment was a testimony of that. Additionally, the city is strategically located in the lake basin region.
Over and above that, the governor pointed out that the Kisumu port had undergone massive rehabilitation and is at its economic peak. In addition, the Kisumu International Airport has also been expanded to have a cargo handling facility, hence boosting the city’s economy.
“By expanding your presence in Kisumu, your business will enjoy the advantage of a larger untapped market both in the Lake Region Economic Block and in the larger East and Central Africa region,” said the governor.