Checkers Deals, Specials & Catalogues
Checkers supermarkets and hypermarkets are the premium offering within the Shoprite Group.
Checkers is a supermarket chain that was founded by Norman Herber in 1955. The first stores were opened in Johannesburg when a few Greatermans stores converted some of the retail space into grocery departments branded as Checkers in an effort to attract more customers. At the time, Greatermans, which was owned by the Herber family, had a number of department stores. A young manager – Raymond Ackerman – was put in charge of Checkers. Ackerman implemented a number of innovative ideas that he had learned from travelling to the US for a six-month period during which he took jobs at supermarket retailers and studied their practices. As a result, Checkers became a major success for Greatermans and the brand became a standalone store. By 1966, the number of Checkers chain stores had grown from 2 to 85. That same year, Ackerman was fired from Checkers and he returned to Cape Town to start Pick ‘n Pay. In the meantime, Checkers continued to enjoy success, briefly engaging in an unsuccessful price war with the fledgeling Pick ‘n Pay in the Western Cape. But a decade later, Greatermans had sold off Checkers and the supermarkets had begun to decline. In 1991, Checkers’ 169 stores were acquired by Shoprite, instantly giving Shoprite a national footprint that allowed it to grow outside of the Western Cape.
While turning around the ailing business was a major challenge for the Shoprite Group, it paid off and Checkers has thrived. There are currently over 200 supermarkets and 37 hyper stores and the business employs an estimated 16,000 workers. Within the Shoprite Group, the Checkers brand’s target market is upper-income customers. Checkers’ range has expanded beyond food to include household goods, branded appliances, and even indoor and outdoor furniture in their hypermarket formats. Checkers’ positioning has focused on quality and the store caters to its affluent shoppers by importing premium products in key categories such as coffee, cheese and wine. Thanks to legislation that allowed corporate ownership of pharmacies, Checkers operates fully fledged in-store pharmacies branded as MediRite. Other value-added services operated by the retailer include a kiosk where customers can purchase flight tickets and make money transfers, as well as a Computicket where bookings for various events can be made. Outside South Africa, Checkers has stores in Botswana and Namibia.
Checkers’ early success was largely due to Raymond Ackerman.
Unleash your inner sweet tooth with the NEW Cadbury Chocolate Cake Bars and Mini Rolls exclusive to Checkers! Pop into your closest store in the Western Cape and look out for the Cadbury promoters handing out free samples! pic.twitter.com/3oOzWLAQ7K
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 28, 2019
You’ll find serious savings on gaming bundles at Tech X. SAVE R2499 on an Xbox One S 500GB + FIFA 19 + 3 month’s live subscription bundle and SAVE R2299 on an Xbox One X + Forza Horizon 4! Promo valid until 31 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/NlacMbrSi2
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 19, 2019
We’re still bringing you unbeatable prices on the freshest fruit and veg so you can snack smart for less! Buy any 3 of our convenient veggie packs for 19.99 each and save R10. Promotion valid until 3 March 2019. #easysnacking #nutritious pic.twitter.com/LbexASWCEP
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 1, 2019
Food & Wine Deals & SpecialsInterested in finding more food & wine deals from leading producers and supermarkets? Then check out our food & wine section for more deals from Checkers, Shoprite, Woolworths and more.
See more, for less! Get down to your nearest Checkers before 16 December and get 15% off every R100 Uber voucher you buy. pic.twitter.com/7Ob95srUla
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) December 12, 2018
Plate up a #ReadyToChef meal in your unique way & share the photo for a chance to WIN a case of international wine! Show the recipe card, use the hashtag & tag Checkers to enter. See meal kit options >> https://t.co/mgNpeOqvqh pic.twitter.com/axu5vh0XHE
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) September 9, 2018
With our exclusive G&T deal you get double the value! Buy a 750ml Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin for R259.99 at Checkers #LiquorShop now & get 4 x 200ml Fever-Tree Tonic Water assorted each FREE! pic.twitter.com/t3sePe1syT
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) August 8, 2018
Express yourself with BIC to share in R300 000 airtime! Buy selected BIC packs & get R10 FREE airtime. Ts & Cs apply. Valid until 05 August 2018. pic.twitter.com/CdV8rceTJi
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) July 9, 2018
Warm up this winter on ready-made soups! Buy 2 x 600g Platinum Soups and SAVE R10. Quick, delicious and full of flavour, simply heat to enjoy! pic.twitter.com/3yWRhfJM3p
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) June 29, 2018
Celebrate BIG SAVINGS on ice-cold beer all weekend long! Get 3 x 6x440ml Windhoek Draught Beer Cans for just R179.99 at #CheckersLiquorShop now. Drinks for the braai, check!
Deal valid nationally until 3 June 2018. pic.twitter.com/G9M85fzKzq
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) May 25, 2018
Fashion Deals & Specials
Interested in finding more fashion deals on clothing, shoes and accessories? Then check out our fashion section for more fashion retailers such as Mr Price, Zando, Aldo Shoes & more!
Take your Easter bunny hunt to the next level with Checkers! To enter, simply hop down to your nearest Checkers or Checkers Hyper and buy any Frey Easter bunny, and check inside to see if you’re a lucky winner! Ts & Cs apply. Valid until 2 April 2018. pic.twitter.com/cO1ktC4h1V
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 12, 2018
4 DAYS ONLY, get 20% off all Bush Baby outdoor equipment at Checkers! Our new bigger range at Checkers Hyper means even more products to choose from >> https://t.co/iIgTjjRKOL
Don’t miss the BIG DEAL WEEKEND now on in-store until 18 March 2018. pic.twitter.com/OHxRrJl5jQ
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 15, 2018
Get natural goodness in one delicious package! Low GI Carisma potatoes available exclusively at Checkers. Buy 1kg low-GI Carisma Baby Potatoes for R9.99 and 2kg low-GI Carisma Potatoes for just R24.99. Valid 12 – 19 March 2018. >> https://t.co/REXf6bSes5 pic.twitter.com/OgJhG6k6e2
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 12, 2018
It's World Scotch Day on 8 February and Checkers #LiquorShop is giving you more reason to celebrate! Buy 750ml Bell's Blended Scotch Whisky for R159.99 and get 1L Schweppes Soda Water FREE! Deal valid nationally until 11 February 2018 only. pic.twitter.com/j4K4WXE0gK
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) February 8, 2018
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— Checkers (@CheckersSA) October 17, 2017
Health & Beauty Deals & Specials
Interested in finding more health & beauty deals on makeup and health essentials? Then check out our health & beauty section for more deals from Red Square, Clicks, Dis-Chem and more.
Wanna WIN a share of R50,000 vouchers? Buy two 440ml 6-packs of Windhoek Draught or Lager beer cans for R110 to enter! pic.twitter.com/WS4n8BaDwG
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) September 8, 2017
Get an Optimus Prime Pack worth up to R365 when you buy a Google Play gift card. Available till 30 September 2017. Limited to 3 per customer pic.twitter.com/mAi8nbpHUW
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) September 15, 2017
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) September 11, 2017
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With a massive 20% off ALL Bush Baby products at Checkers Hyper stores nationwide, you can REALLY go wild! pic.twitter.com/Ess2aMTQUT
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 16, 2017
Oh, baby! Did you know that YOU could win R10 000 worth of baby essentials with Dove Baby and us? Get in-store now to enter for a chance to win. Ts & Cs apply. >>> https://t.co/RHJJxcUotA pic.twitter.com/X9xARZ1R7N
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 25, 2019
What's the tastiest deal you can get for R19.99 this week? A 250ml Foreign Ground #Americano & 2 Assorted Mini Puff Pies, of course! Find a Foreign Ground #Café here >> https://t.co/j71brgrQR7 pic.twitter.com/CV2HDdYdCv
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 10, 2019
Don’t miss your free wellness screening for pensioners on Wednesday 16 January 2019! Simply speak to our friendly MediRite pharmacist to book your appointment.
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) January 7, 2019
Get a bonus of up to R1400 in Clash of Clans items when buy a Google Pay Gift Card at Checkers stores – from now until 15 January 2019. Redeem by 15 February 2019. Limited to 3 per user. pic.twitter.com/R4h6DDdRGu
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 30, 2018
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 29, 2018
Buy, try and post about our NEW delicious vegan range using #SimpleTruthVegan and you could WIN a Simple Truth vegan hamper!
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 1, 2018
Restaurant Deals & SpecialsInterested in finding more restaurant deals from popular restaurants and wine farms? Then check out our restaurant section for more deals from Nandos, KFC, Spur Steak Ranches and more.
YOU could be 1 of 10 lucky people to WIN 1 of the #CheckersBlackFriday vouchers worth R5000 each! Sign up to enter AND you’ll be the first to know when our deals are released! https://t.co/nb6lOHS4Xc Ts & Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/Ce6MRsFxiT
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 12, 2018
SA’s biggest car giveaway is back! You could WIN one of 150 VW Up! cars when you shop at any Checkers or Checkers Hyper before 24 December 2018. Earn 1 entry every time you spend R100 or buy any participating product, it’s that easy! #CheckersWinACar https://t.co/ONOMkgrhye pic.twitter.com/4rDZZ3Lhos
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 9, 2018
Show off your green thumb and you could WIN a year’s supply of Backsberg wine! Buy a bottle of Backsberg Sauvignon Blanc, plant the seeds in the neck tag, snap a pic of the flowers and tag @backsberg to enter. Available only at Checkers. T&C’s Apply. pic.twitter.com/qa2sjpCWzD
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) November 3, 2018
For your chance to WIN up to R3000 in vouchers from Sportsmans Warehouse, buy a punnet of Zespri SunGold Kiwis from Checkers and see entry details on the scratch card found inside! pic.twitter.com/7co2KKo9o8
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) August 16, 2018
Double up on gin for double the free gifts! Buy 2 x 750ml Gordon’s London Dry Gin for R269.99 at Checkers #LiquorShop now & get 2 x 1L Schweppes Tonic Water + a bag of ice FREE! pic.twitter.com/QRkAiL3Qcm
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) August 3, 2018
Get acquainted with our #SingleMaltOfTheMonth: Aberlour 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Rich and fruity with a hint of delicious spiciness, this delightfully dependable daily dram is on promotion now at Checkers #LiquorShop. Deal valid nationally until 5 August 2018. pic.twitter.com/Bey3vABfv8
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) July 11, 2018
Home & Garden Deals & SpecialsInterested in finding more home & garden deals on home essentials, furniture and supplies? Then check out our home & garden section for more deals from Makro, Boardmans, Game and more.
Are you ready to WIN BIG with Lego? Buy any Lego set at Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores nationally and you could WIN a Lego hamper valued at R12 500! Check your till slip for entry details. Competition valid until 15 July 2018. Ts & Cs apply pic.twitter.com/O4HZaxXBiK
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) July 3, 2018
WIN one of two trips to Switzerland to meet tennis legend Roger Federer or 100 instant prizes! Simply buy any Lindor product and check your till slip for entry details. Competition ends 30 July 2018. Ts & Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/uwjtfGhSNY
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) July 4, 2018
Take the Thomas & Friends fun to the next level with the chance to WIN 1 of 10 play tables worth R4500 each! Buy any Thomas & Friends set at Checkers & Checkers Hyper stores nationally & check your till slip for entry details. Competition valid until 15 July 2018. Ts & Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/9mI2eTVLe6
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) July 5, 2018
Celebrate #WhiskyWednesday at #CheckersLiquorShop with 750ml Bushmills Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey for ONLY R199.99! It's an easy-drinking, versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat, over ice or with your favourite mixer. Deal valid nationally on 27 June 2018 only. pic.twitter.com/CDTCL7oS3T
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) June 26, 2018
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) June 1, 2018
The heat is on this Saturday! Stay refreshed for the thrilling Liverpool vs Real Madrid final – buy 12x330ml Heineken Premium Lager Beer NRB + get 1x125g Lay’s Chips Assorted FREE at #CheckersLiquorShop! pic.twitter.com/LGjiLTayLJ
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) May 25, 2018
Technology Deals & Specials
Interested in finding more technology deals on gadgets, computers and smartphones? Then check out our technology section for more deals from iStore, Dion Wired, Takealot and more.
Treat your tastebuds with this coffee combo deal: a 350ml Foreign Ground Caffé Latte + Ultimate Club Sandwich for ONLY R32.99! Get this great deal at your nearest Foreign Ground Cafe >> https://t.co/vySlE3D7Us pic.twitter.com/9ElMfk0GeE
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) March 1, 2018
Buy a seedless watermelon & stand a chance to WIN 1 of 10 R1000 Checkers vouchers. Check your till slip for details. Ts & Cs apply.
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) February 12, 2018
Get 1GB FREE data + R60 MTN airtime when you buy a MTN Starter Pack for R3.49, RICA your sim card & recharge with R30 MTN airtime. pic.twitter.com/W6kkVcmMvl
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) January 10, 2018
Imagine your child going to school on an empty stomach. For many learners, that’s a daily reality. So for every Lunchbox Fund exam pad you buy, we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to The Lunchbox Fund, which helps to fight hunger in schools. pic.twitter.com/uO5gGVl3UW
— Checkers (@CheckersSA) January 5, 2018