K-Way Factory Shops: The Home Of Everything Outdoors And Technical

K-Way Factory Shop is a brand which belongs to the holding company Cape Union Mart. This company is one of the biggest family-owned businesses in South Africa supplying outdoor and technical apparel.

Even though this company was established in South Africa, it has become one of the leading companies around the world when it comes to technical and outdoor clothing.

At its factory in Capetown, K-Way employs about a hundred and ninety people. It subcontracts its other work to upcoming factories in its vicinity that employ a further one hundred people. This ensures that the company has an impact on the area where it works.

Many people who love the apparel from the K-Way Factory Shop actually have no idea that this is a family owned business that still takes family values seriously. This has been part of the reason behind its success. Unlike the big manufacturers who make clothes for the large chain stores in South Africa and the region, K-Way has not compromised on quality by moving its work to cheaper countries where employees’ working conditions have continued to deteriorate.

Every employee of this company continues to feel as if they are a part of a large family.

Shoppers who walk into any of the K-Way factory shops can expect apparel for all ages.

Early History of K-Way

The mother company of K-Way, Cape Union Mart, has been in business since 1933. This means that they have been supplying outdoor and technical gear for over 80 years. This is the reason why subsidiary companies within this group have become the favorite when it comes to outdoor clothing for both men and women.

Part of the reason why Cape Union Mart decided to offer something different is that the owner recognised that the business could not stand the competition of large retail stores such as OK Bazaars and Woolworths inside which it was sandwiched.

The K-Way Factory shop is the brainchild of the late Philip Krawitz who started the business at the corner of Mostert and Corporation Streets in Cape Town. During those days it was known as the Army and Navy Store. During this time, it was known as the store where you could buy anything from the toothpick to an anchor for a boat.

Over the years after 1933, Cape Union Mark was to become one of the most loved and appreciated outdoor stores in South Africa. Anyone who wanted to hike up a mountain, trail run, go on a mountain bike expedition or just enjoy a day of camping started to think of products from the K-Way brand as the synonym for quality, style, and durability. The business grew and spread its wings into other countries including Namibia and Botswana. 

Growth During The War Years

The company later made a fortune from the war years. During these years, the quick thinking owners realised the profit that could be made from supplying military apparel. Soldiers passing through the shores of South Africa could easily replenish their clothing supplies from Cape Union Mart. One thing that made this even easier is the fact that Cape Town sits right at the tip of the country and on the way of passing military vessels. This was also the time when the company started being the trusted place where both resident and passing fisherman got whatever merchandise made their trade more comfortable. The whaling ships were also starting to stop by for their supplies. With all this business coming its way, the company grew exponentially.

When the war came to an end, the company changed hands and Arthur Krawitz came to the helm. This saw the growth of the company as it became the major supplier of clothes that were out of season. Buyers traveling overseas started knowing that they could get clothes with the K-Way brand from Cape Union Mart. It also became a major importer of luxury brands such as Levis.

K-Way Factory Stores in South Africa

As a South African brand, K-Way has remained a favourite among the discriminating and discerning buyers. While the apparel can be found in most high-end shops across the country, there are dedicated K-Way factory shops where buyers can get discounts while still enjoying a brand that has stood the test of time.

The K-way stores across South Africa and other countries have remained known as the home for non-seasonal clothes. Many people still refer to them as the friendly store where shoppers can get whatever they want, as long it has to do with the outdoors.

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Cape Town Head Office

Address:

K-Way House

30-40 Barrack Street

Cape Town 8001

Western Cape

Phone: +27 (21) 464-5800

Operating Hours:

Mon – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Weekends: Closed

Durban

Address:

Sop G-24

Gateway Theatre Of Shopping

Palm Boulevard

Umhlanga Rocks

Phone: +27 (31) 566-5111

Operating Hours:

Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm

Sat: 9am -5pm

Sun: 9am- 4pm

Cape Town Store

Address:

Shop B35 Access Park

81 Chichester Road

Claremont 7708

Phone: +27 (21) 674-6398/9

Operating Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm

Thursday- 9 am- 7 pm

Sat: 9am – 5pm

Sun: 9am – 2pm

Johannesburg Store – Woodmead Value Mart

Address:

Woodmead Value Mart

Waterfall Crescent

Woodmead

2192

Phone: +27 (11) 656 0750

Operating Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm

Friday- 9 am to 7 pm

Saturday- 9 am to 5 pm

Sun: 9 am -2pm

Pretoria Store

Address

Shop 257 Brooklyn Mall

Bronkhorst Road Muckleneuk

Pretoria

Phone: +27 (12) 460 5511

Operating Hours

Monday- Thursday – 9am-6pm

Friday- 9am- 7pm

Saturday- 9am to 5pm

Sunday- 9am-2pm

Port Elizabeth Store

Address:

Shop 111

Greenacres Shopping Centre

Ring Road

Port Elizabeth

Phone: +27 (41) 363-1504

Operating Hours:

Mon-Thursday – Fri: 9am – 6pm

Friday- 9am to 7pm

Sat: 9am -5pm

Sun: 9am- 2pm

Polokwane Store

Address:

Store U14

Mall Of The North

Corner R81 & Munnik Drive

Polokwane

Phone: +27 (15) 265-1067

Operating Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 9am – 6pm

Friday- 9am- 7pm

Sat: 9am -5pm

Sun: 9am- 2pm