The Sunday News
Peter Matika, Senior Life Reporter
THE sky is definitely not the limit for local business couple Bhekimpilo Maranda Sithole and his wife Theresa, whose business — Max Hardware recently received an award for being one of the best retail shops in Bulawayo.
Max Hardware last month bagged an award at the Matabeleland Retailers and Wholesalers Annual Awards 2018 held at a local hotel.
The Sitholes earned special recognition at the prestigious Retailers and Wholesalers Matabeleland Awards 2018.
The awards were organised by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) in the Matabeleland Region and were held to recognise and promote retail excellence, while offering retail and wholesale enterprises from across the provinces the opportunity to showcase innovation and creativity.
In an interview, Sithole said he was more than elated that his efforts in the retail sector had not gone unnoticed.
“We feel more than delighted to have our business noticed. We have been working hard to gain such recognition and as they say hard work truly pays,” said Sithole.
Established in 2014, Max Hardware has grown to be a household name, as it supplies locally acquired products at competitive and affordable prices.
“The award really came as a surprise, we feel humble and greatly honoured to be recognised for our hard work. We thank the Almighty for this and we promise to continue to work towards bettering the lives of our kinsmen,” said Sithole.
He said he established Max Hardware, after he realised the great need people had for shelter.
“With shelter being one of the greatest necessities of every human being we opted to establish a hardware shop that stocks building and other homely supplies. Max Hardware is a subsidiary to Max Spares,” he said.
Sithole said he has plans to open other branches in Matabeleland South.
“We are working on establishing branches in Filabusi and Gwanda. As a patriotic business we accept all forms of payment and will continue to do our best to uplift the lives of our fellow countrymen. We are always fully stocked and we are a principled business that goes as far as supplying and referring clients even to our competitors,” said Sithole.
Max Hardware has also been involved in community projects, where it has on several occasions donated products and cash to the vulnerable people in communities.