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Cleanshelf Supermarket Salary: How Much are Cleanshelf Supermarket Employees paid

The retail chain giant made its debut in the Kenyan retail business in 2002 with just one supermarket in Limuru town.

However, it has significantly grown and expanded its horizon by opening other retail chains in the country.

The Supermarket’s Ownership and Its Nationwide Branches

Three brothers, the Kihara family, own the entire business.

Unlike his other two brothers, who prefer to be silent shareholders, Timothy Kihara plays an active role in the company since he is the managing director of the entire Cleanshelf supermarket management.

Currently, the retail company has 13 outlets distributed in some of the country’s most busy towns.

They include; the Langata, Limuru, Wendani (along Thika road), Shujaa Mall (next to Sosiani estate), Ruaka, Rongai (Opposite Greatinide Mall), Kiambu (Along Biashara Road), Kahawa West (Along Colimor Lane), Nyahururu, Kerugoya, Kikuyu, Nakuru, and K-mall (Komarock Estate) branches.

All these branches operate daily from 7 AM to 9.30 PM (even on weekends).

During public holidays, they close earlier (at 6 PM), although the opening time doesn’t change.

How Much are Cleanshelf Supermarket Employees paid?

Currently, the retail store giant has employed an estimated workforce of 2000 people in all their branches.

Their headquarters, located in Nairobi, determines the wages and salaries paid to their workers per the country’s labor laws.

Below is an exclusive list of the monthly wages paid to various job descriptions:

  • Cashiers – Ksh.21,000 – 25,000
  • Sales Attendants – Ksh.21,000
  • Supervisor– Ksh.27,000 – 34,000
  • Accountant– Ksh.57,000
  • Management Trainee – Ksh.14,000

How Can You Secure A Job In Cleanshelf Supermarket?

Whenever there is a job opening at any of the retail store’s branches, they post adverts on their official website page (cleanshelf.co.ke), in newspapers classified adverts, and on online job boards such as;

However, it’s essential to note that although they advertise the available jobs on various platforms, to apply for a specific position advertised, you must submit the required documents, such as your CV and copies of your academic certificates, to [email protected]

You may also want to check: How to Apply for a Job at Quickmart Supermarket

Benefits and Challenges of Working at Cleanshelf Supermarket


I. Employee Discounts

One of the significant benefits of working at Cleanshelf is that they award their employees discounts up to a specific limit whenever they shop at the store.

II. Paid On Time

Unlike other supermarkets that delay the salaries and wages of their employees, the retail store giant is always punctual when it comes to paying their workers.

III. A safe and Conducive Work Environment

Most of their employees agree that the work environment of all Cleanshelf stores is conducive and highly professional.

There are well-defined channels for employees to submit their grievances in case of issues.

The management also acts promptly whenever an employee submits a complaint.

It’s the reason why we have never heard of strikes or publicized complaints from their workforce.


I. Weekend and Holiday Work

As we have seen, all Cleanshelf branches operate during the weekends and public holidays.

Although during the holidays, the stores are closed early (6 PM), if you want to apply for a job at any of their stores, you must be prepared to work during the weekends and holidays.

Cleanshelf Supermarket Controversies

The retail giant has had its fair share of controversies and legal tussles, as seen below.

1.   Tax Evasion Lawsuit

The retailer won a Ksh 5.9 million tax claim in August 2021 after the KRA failed to provide substantial evidence linking it to the missing trader tax evasion scheme.

KRA argued that the company benefited from creating false invoices to exaggerate their cost of sales.

However, the tribunal presiding the case stated that Cleanshelf Supermarket had submitted the required tax invoices and the delivery notes proving that they had legally purchased the supplies.

2.  Hand Sanitizers Controversy

During the onset period of the Corona pandemic, CAK (Competition Authority of Kenya ) directed Cleanshelf Stores to contact and reimburse all the customers that had purchased hand sanitizer at overpriced rates.

Before the pandemic, the retail stores used to sell a single 500ml Tropikal hand sanitizer at Ksh 200 but instantly hiked the prices to Ksh.800 after the announcement of COVID-19 in Kenya.

CAK accused Cleanshelf of exploiting its consumers by taking advantage of the products’ increased demand.


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