Boxer Superstores was established in April 1977, originally under the name KwaZulu Cash & Carry. Starting as a conventional wholesaler, they traded in basic grocery supplies such as maize meal, samp, rice, and beans. In 1988, the company was bought by a group of investors, and after opening several branches across KwaZulu-Natal, the store name was officially changed to ‘Boxer Cash & Carry’ in 1991. In 1997, after expanding into other provinces of South Africa (Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga), they established their retail identity, by making a final name change to ‘Boxer Superstores’. In 2002, retail giant Pick ‘n Pay took over Boxer Superstores, and with this came the new opportunity to target middle to lower-income buyers.
In 2004, a new hardware division was added in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with a modified logo and the name ‘Boxer Build’. In an ongoing effort to build trust in their community, their hardware stores also cater for the budget-conscious customer. Two years later, in 2009, they opened yet another division, called ‘Boxer Liquors’, with stores all across South Africa.
A significant year for the company was 2015, when they opened their first store in the Western Cape, which also happened to be their 200th trading store. They celebrated their 40th birthday in 2017 as “Africa’s Favourite Discount Supermarket”. With a continued focus to fill the gap, they launched Boxer Super Meats in 2019, providing customers with high-quality fresh and frozen meats.
Boxer Superstores believe in giving back to the communities that support their growth. They regularly make contributions to community schools, renovate paediatric wards, and supply food parcels to various non-profit organisations. They support local, small-scale farmers, by reselling their fresh produce in stores and often donate supplies and equipment for farming. They also respect those who keep the community safe, by offering a free cup of coffee to officers on duty. You can read more about their community involvement here.
With more than 250 stores across the country, Boxer Superstores offer a complete shopping experience for their customers. Today, their stores are found all over South Africa in Empangeni, Mafikeng, Pietermaritzburg, Vryheid, Mokopane and Johannesburg. They continue to provide a wide variety of quality products at affordable prices. They strongly believe in building a better community and still stand behind their philosophy, saying customers should ‘Never Pay More Than the Boxer Price.’
Boxer Superstores fall under the Groceries category along with other stores such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, Spar, Ultra Liquors, Food Lover's Market, Makro, Cambridge Foods, Woolworths and KWIKSPAR. Their trading hours are from 8h00 to 17h00 from Monday to Friday and 8h00 to 13h00 on Saturdays.
For more information, visit their website boxer.co.za.