Arandis shopping centre ready for business

10 Jul 2013 08:10
ARANDIS, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - The first phase of the N.dollars 20 million Arandis shopping centre has been completed, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Arandis Town Council, Florida Husselmann.
The modern shopping centre, which is a first for the mining town, is being constructed opposite the Puma service station at the town?s entrance.
Husselmann told Nampa during an interview on Tuesday popular franchise stores such as Shoprite (U-Save) and Pep Stores have already moved in.
Other outlets such as Style, Penny Pinchers, Liquor City, Woermann Chicki, Cellular Phone Shop and Teleshop, as well as First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) are preparing to move in as well.
?The remaining units within the mall will most probably be occupied by local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). We already have 11 SMEs that have signed lease contracts and will be stationed inside the mall,? Husselmann explained.
Speaking about the town?s first hotel which is being constructed at a cost of N.dollars 30 million, the CEO indicated that the second storey of the building has been completed.
The hotel is set to be completed by November 2013, but according to Husselmann, the project will only be completed early next year.
The Arandis Hotel, which will be a 29-bed facility with ?first class? conference facilities, is being constructed by Namplus Hospitality.
It will amongst others provide accommodation for professionals rendering their services to nearby mines, contractors and tourists visiting the Erongo Region.
The hotel will offer three different categories of accommodation, including three executive suites, while other amenities will include swimming pool, fitness facilities and venues for a various occasions.
Husselmann further mentioned that the 14 residential units located opposite the new hotel are not developing at the desired pace.
The development was earmarked to be completed by March this year.
A total of N.dollars 19 million was allocated for the development of housing through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG).
The Arandis CEO explained that the development of the housing project has been slow, but financial institutions are still considering various funding options for home loans in Arandis.
?It is our wish that the Arandis Investment Conference held earlier this year would have made an impact in this regard,? she said.
Other housing development projects to grow the town include 140 residential erven which will be provided with electricity, with the project having commenced in November 2012.
The residential development project is being carried out under the direction of Dash Enterprises and will be completed by March 2013. The units will contain a mix of apartments and townhouses.
An additional development involves the construction of 20 houses by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).