The first PEP store was opened in De Aar in the Northern Cape in 1965. Since then an additional 2151 PEP stores have opened across Southern Africa. PEP Stores sell 72% of all the school shoes in South Africa and 55% of all the school clothes in Africa. This is probably because PEP Stores catalogues have some of the best specials. Their school clothes are made in a factory in Cape Town, so it’s all proudly South African as well. PEP Stores also employ more than 17 000 people! And more than 50% of PEP Stores managers are promoted from within the company.
The PEP specials are some of the best deals you find, probably because PEP has the lowest business cost of all South African retailers. That means they can keep margins lower than any other store in the country. They can and they do! PEP actively keep their costs down to ensure that more people can afford their stock. No wonder PEP sells 45 000 pencils each day! That’s right, PEP Stores catalogues don’t just include clothing and footwear.
They have multiple divisions, including PEPcell (which sells more prepaid cell phones than all the other shops in South Africa combined!), PEPhome and the PEPmoney offers the cheapest debit card in the country. Not to mention they have now opened stores that offer even greater discounts on a variety of products. These stores are called Dealz, so keep an eye out for those if you live in the Western Cape. PEP even has its own radio station!
PEP Stores also give back to the community by reaching out to children in need of education. They have the PEP Academy which helps Grade 4 and 5 learners to improve their mathematics and literacy skills.
PEP has also partnered with Thandulwazi to ensure that teachers in the Limpopo province are well trained. But PEP Stores are most concerned with the shopping experience of their customers. They want their customers to be happy and do this by promising to be the friendliest retailer in Southern Africa with the lowest prices. So, check out the PEP Stores catalogue to see how they can help you save!