06 Nov 2013 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 NOV (NAMPA) Windhoek residents can look forward to a big variety of new shops opening in the capital when the Grove Mall of Namibia opens its doors in October next year.
Speaking at a media conference on the progress and latest developments at the Grove Mall of Namibia in the capital on Wednesday, Charles Fourie of Safland Property Group Namibia said the mall has generated a lot of public interest.
The 54 000 square metre, three-level shopping mall will have three parking levels.
To date, anchor tenants which have signed lease agreements are Game, Checkers, Edgars, Spar and Ster Kinekor.
A few tenants who will be opening up in Namibia for the first time are Aca Joe; Jenny Button; Hilton Weiner; Mango; Nine West; Guess; Aldo; Frazers; Poetry; Old Khaki; Vida E Caffe; Wakaberry's Smart Store; Cotton On Group; Dischem; Toys 'R' Us; News Cafe and Coricraft.
Other tenants of note amongst the 120 to 130 stores and up to eight restaurants are Sportsman's Warehouse; Outdoor Warehouse (forming part of Sportsman's Warehouse); Woolworths; Truworths; The Foschini Group; Mr Price Group; Clicks; Incredible Connection; and Wimpy.
The Namibian retailers, amongst others, include Otto Muir, Paulo's, OTB Sport and Boardriders.
Approximately 25 per cent of the tenants will be represented for the first time in Namibia. This number is likely to increase, as we are currently in negotiations with a number of exciting brands to take up space in the mall, Fourie enthused.
He added that 90 per cent of the gross lettable area has been let and allocated, which is equal to approximately 49 000 square metres of available space.
The Grove Mall of Namibia will feature the first real food court in Namibia, with restaurants spilling over to outside seating.
All parking bays at the mall will be 20 centimetres wider than most parking bays currently available at existing shopping centres, which provides ease of access and convenience, Fourie noted.
In 2011, the bulk earthworks for the mall and the construction of a new irrigation reservoir for the City of Windhoek were completed, with the actual construction - headed by Murray and Roberts Namibia - starting on 01 November 2012.
To date, a total approximate investment of N.dollars 400 million has been made in the construction of the mall.
It is expected that the eventual investment will total approximately N.dollars 1,1 billion. About 700 jobs are being created during the construction phase.
We further expect that between 1 500 and 1 800 permanent jobs will be created once the mall opens next year, Fourie stated.
The Grove Mall of Namibia forms part of the Hilltop Estate Development, which is 220 000 square metres in total.
In 2009, the City of Windhoek awarded the tender to develop the Kleine Kuppe area to Demushuwa Property Developers.
Demushuwa expects the entire Hilltop Estate Development to be completed in 2018.