Mothercare, the UK-based retailer for mothers and babies is set to open its first franchise store in Nigeria. Mothercare has 250 stores in the United Kingdom and a further 170 franchised stores in 36 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia.

The Nigerian store will be its second in Africa - its first opened in Kenya in 1997. The group's franchise partner in Nigeria is a local company called Pinky Blue and the store is to open at Lagos.

The UK-based chain is hopeful that the opening will be the first of many Nigeria and West Africa, as Mothercare is seeking distributors nationwide.