Tuskys Supermarket located at United Mall in Kisumu has been closed over rent arrears worth millions.
The retail shop owes the landlord Sh26 million according to an auctioneer familiar with the matter.
Other small shops which are sublet by Tuskys have also been affected.
They include Good Life pharmacy, Safari Optica, Tuscom, Ufungamano Christian Bookshop and Gifts among others.
A spot check by the Star established that the supermarket and shops under it were closed.
Security officers were deployed to guard the premises.
Workers were stranded as Victoria Blues Services Auctioneers locked the Tuskys and sublet shops following a public auction in a local daily.
Mall manager Mukesh Jaiswal decline to comment on the matter saying he was out of office for two weeks.
“I cant talk on the matter,” he said on the phone on Thursday.
Tuskys united manager Wilson Kanyi also declined to comment on the matter and instead referred the Star to head office in Nairobi.
In the public auction, the auctioneers has been given directive to sale all the goods in the shops to recover the money.