The spurned founder of Tekkie Town, Braam van Huyssteen, is making good on his threat to launch a direct competitor to the discount footwear retailer he founded and ultimately sold to Steinhoff in 2016. Van Huyssteen told Business Day on Thursday he had already agreed to 10 leases in principle with a landlord for locations for the new stores. This comes about a week after he served Steinhoff Africa Retail (Star) with an eviction notice to vacate the national distribution centre in George that Tekkie Town occupies and rents from him by the end of July. Van Huyssteen said on Thursday he was busy with the ground work for the formal launch of the retail venture, which will happen in the next few months. He has decided on a name, but is keeping mum for now. "It’s going to be fairly similar to the concept of Tekkie Town, but of course this time round I intend to develop it much more quickly. I have assembled my A team, and with many of my established relationships with landlords and suppl...

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