The Grove Mall nearing completion
08 Aug 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) The Grove Mall in Windhoek is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors for business on 23 October this year.
The 55 000 square metre shopping mall is situated in Windhoek's Kleine Kuppe residential area. An additional 45 000 square metres will be taken up by the Lady Pohamba Hospital, a Pupkewitz Mega Centre, and a Virgin Active gym, bringing the trade area to 100 000 square meters.
The mall was initially scheduled to open in September.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of property services provider Safland, Kallie van der Merwe told Nampa on Wednesday during a tour of the premises the delay in the opening was caused by the metalworkers strike in South Africa by that country's National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The strike started in the first week of July and only ended at the beginning of this month.
We had problems getting metal for shopfronts, electrical distribution boards and catering supplies for restaurants, just to mention a few. It was a slight setback, but I think we will not be concerned or disappointed as the delay was basically a three-week delay, Van der Merwe said.
Asked whether another mall is needed in Windhoek, he said the capital has reached a stage where it is not a sleepy town anymore.
If you look at all the big cities in the world there is a process of decentralisation and Windhoek is no exception to that, he added.
The Grove will house 120 retailers, varying from fashion and sport to food and entertainment. A Ster-Kinekor cinema with six state-of-the-art movie theatres will also form part of the mall.
Van der Merwe noted that parking will not be a problem as around 2 000 parking bays will be available for shoppers, with adequate and well planned entries from the main roads in the area.