Over a decade ago, after relocating from South Africa to Zambia and settling in the small mining town of Ndola, the Buys family faced challenges in finding every day items like cosmetics, coffees and wines. In response to their own needs, Kay started importing these products and realized that many others in Zambia shared the same struggle. This led to the birth of Keylayne Trading in 2009.
Keylayne Trading, known as KTS, initially started on a coffee table in a corner of the Buys' office. As they gradually expanded the product range and customer base, KTS moved into a small office at the back of Robert's truck repair workshop. After a year of successful trading and increasing demand, they took a bold step by securing a shop in Ndola's Jacaranda Mall, Zambia's first shopping mall. With its popularity soaring and product variety growing, Katies eventually expanded into the neighboring shop. This created a larger, better-equipped store that offered a wide range of products not readily found elsewhere in Zambia.
Shopping malls then became popular, and were built all over Ndola. Jacaranda Mall, being in an industrial area, became less popular than the new malls in town and in the suburbs. Kay decided to move the store to a large shop at Rekays Mall, in Ndola town, in 2016. There she continued introducing new and unusual products, and the store had customers from all over Zambia.
The growing trend in Zambia is to operate your business from a residential house. Kay decided to “move with the times” and secured a house in Northrise in Ndola. Once renovations were completed, in September 2020 they moved the shop to Kabelenga Road in Northrise Ndola and rebranded it to Katies Zambia, trading as Katies International.
Since moving to Northrise, Katies International has expanded its product range even further and now has an awesome team – the Katies Tribe - waiting to be of service to you.
Katies International, based in Ndola, Zambia, is a dynamic retail business with a rich history of evolution.
Our core mission is to offer an exceptional shopping experience. Our diverse product range attracts customers from across Zambia. We adapt to changing trends, strategically relocating our stores and expanding our offerings to meet evolving demands.
At Katies International, our values drive our success:
Innovation: We continually introduce new and unique products.
Adaptability: We move with the times, enhancing our locations and offerings.
Customer-Centric Approach: We prioritize customer satisfaction and exceptional service.
Community Engagement: As members of the Ndola & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we actively support our local business community.
Team Spirit: Our dedicated team, the Katies Tribe, is always ready to provide outstanding service.