Lusaka Council orders Pick n Pay PHI to close

Pick-n-Pay-PHILusaka City Council (LCC) has with immediate effect shut down one of the largest retail shop in the city, Pick “n” Pay for carrying out construction works while it is open to members of the public for business.

LCC Public relations officer Henry Kapata said in an interview yesterday that the council has since suspended the business operating permit given Pick “n” Pay, PHI outlet until the retail shop completes its constructions.

Mr Kapeta said the local authority has also suspended the firm’s Business Levy Licence and the Health Permits for the PHI store.

“We gave them those licences on the understanding that the building was complete and ready for use. However our investigations have revealed that Pick N Pay is still working on the building and yet they have commenced trading,” Mr Kapeta explained.

He added, “The current scenario poses a safety risk to the shoppers and off course to those working on the building.”

Mr Kapata said that investigations showed that there was still works going on on the roof top of the new building.

Pick “n” Pay PHI outlet which had been issued with a Partial Occupation Certificate after LCC had inspected the structure for safety, opened its doors to its customers on Saturday.

But Mr Kapata said that the outlet had abrogated the requirements of the Public Health Act by putting up extra structures while customers were shopping from it which posed a danger to members of the public.

Mr Kapata said following that development, the council has also revoked the Partial Occupation Certificate given to Pick “n” Pay PHI outlet.