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.