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Co-op Bank led by Kenyan banker Gideon Muriuki to add 15 branches in 2024 despite digital shift

Co-op Bank marks territory with branch expansion

by Feyisayo Ajayi
Gideon Muriuki

Co-operative Bank Group (Co-op Bank), a leading Nairobi-based lender led by Kenyan banking magnate Gideon Muriuki, has unveiled plans for significant expansion in 2024.

With a focus on bolstering its presence in East Africa’s largest economy, the bank aims to open 15 new branches this year. This aligns with the bank’s commitment to enhancing both its physical footprint and digital service offerings.

The decision to open new branches mirrors similar endeavors by competitors such as I&M Bank, led by Suresh Bhagwanji Shah, and NCBA, which boasts majority ownership by some of Kenya’s wealthiest families.

Co-op Bank’s expansion drive will build upon the eight branches launched last year and the five inaugurated in 2022. This initiative is poised to elevate the group’s total branch count from 193 to 208, further solidifying its market presence.

Co-op Bank marks territory with branch expansion

William Ndumia, the director of retail and business banking at Co-operative Bank Group, emphasized the strategic rationale behind the expansion. He highlighted the company’s mission to establish dominance in the market and address underserved areas.

Ndumia revealed that several branches are already in the pipeline, with recent openings in Ugunja town, Siaya County, and plans underway for a new branch in the bustling Imara Shopping Mall along Mombasa road. The forthcoming expansion into Luanda town, Vihiga County, is expected to intensify competition with industry giants like Equity Group and KCB.

Co-op Bank: Thriving under strong leadership and embracing technological innovation

Under the leadership of Muriuki, who commands a significant two percent stake in the financial conglomerate, making him one of Kenya’s richest individuals, Co-operative Bank Group has exhibited robust financial performance.

As Co-op Bank embarks on its ambitious expansion journey, the institution reaffirms its commitment to serving diverse customer needs while leveraging technological innovations. With a strategic blend of physical outreach and digital prowess, the bank is poised to fortify its position as a formidable player in Kenya’s financial landscape.

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