Mall of Africa to open later this month

The new Mall of Africa, developed by Atterbury, is set to open later this month, on April 28, with more than 300 retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services within a single development.

Artist's impression of the Mall of Africa set to open on 28 April

Southern Africa’s largest single-phase shopping centre development to date, the R5-billion mall is a 130 000m² super-regional centre that sets a new benchmark for shopping centres on the continent.

Atterbury chief executive, Louis van der Watt, says Mall of Africa’s exceptional scale, design, location and retail mix places it at the forefront of development.

“The development has enhanced the diversity of the retail sector in South Africa, changed Gauteng’s skyline and stimulated the economy.”

Mall of Africa is co-owned by Attacq Limited and Atterbury Property Developments. JSE-listed real estate capital growth fund Attacq holds the commercial development rights to Waterfall and owns 80 percent of the Mall of Africa. Atterbury Property Developments owns 20 percent of Mall of Africa and is responsible for the development project, on behalf of Attacq. Atterbury Asset Managers is responsible for Mall of Africa’s asset management for its co-owners.

Atterbury began the construction of Mall of Africa nearly three-and-a-half years ago, in October 2012. Although the mall comprises some 130 000m2 of gross lettable area, James Ehlers, managing director of Atterbury Property Developments, says its construction area covers 550 000m² – or 78 rugby fields. A stroll around the building’s perimeter will take you on a walk of 1.75km.

Ehlers says more than 6km of shopfront has been created inside the mal, more than 530km of post tension cable has been used in its construction, along with 18 500 tons of rebar and 205 000 m3 of concrete.

During the construction of Mall of Africa 3 078 people were employed for the project, and by January they had worked 10.41 million man hours.

“When the centre opens, hundreds of permanent and part-time jobs in the centre will be created on a sustainable basis,” says Ehlers.

A mall of the magnitude of Mall of Africa has massive pulling power for shoppers in the region and beyond, says Lucille Louw, managing director of Atterbury Asset Managers.

She says the mall will open with seven anchor tenants, and an array of international retailers that have chosen to debut their brands to South Africans at the mall, as well as a line-up of flagship stores for all major SA retailers.

“Mall of Africa’s carefully considered retail mix offers a well-balanced variety of local and international brands, services, speciality shopping, entertainment and eateries. There will be something for everyone, with 2.4km of shopping and a selection of 300-plus stores,” says Louw.

Anchor tenants at Mall of Africa include Checkers, Edgars, Game and Woolworths. They will be joined by leading SA brands from The Foschini Group, Mr Price and Truworths.

Louw says that top international brands opening their first stores in SA at Mall of Africa include Armani Exchange, Helly Hansen, Asics, Zara Home, The Kooples, Under Armour, Mango Man, women’secret and Amsterdam-based Soap Stories.

These new retailers opening in the country for the first time will join favourite brands like H&M, Forever 21, Forever New, River Island, Mango, Starbucks and Versace.

Louw says: “In addition to shopping, Mall of Africa also includes entertainment. Customers can enjoy a state-of-the-art nine-screen Ster Kinekor cinema complex with Imax, and a selection of 12 restaurants, fast food stores, coffee shops and cafés.”

One of the leisure highlights at Mall of Africa is an outdoor park with a children’s play area featuring an interactive musical water fountain.

A major benefit of Mall of Africa is its central location in Gauteng and easy access from all areas. Mall of Africa is situated in Waterfall City, halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is easily accessible, next to the Allandale Road exit of the N1, the first free-flow intersection of its size in Africa. Atterbury has also undertaken major road upgrades around the development to make it easy for shoppers to arrive at Mall of Africa’s 26 entrances.

The mall has about 6 500 parking bays, most of which are under cover. It also offers valet parking, special drop-off facilities for buses and dedicated Uber pick-up and drop-off points – a first in the SA retail environment. The mall is also minutes away from the Gautrain Midrand Station.

Cobus van Heerden of Atterbury Property Developments says the project implemented a number of green technologies, including a massive photovoltaic installation on the roof of Mall of Africa.

“The installation will be the largest in SA and Africa and will provide 4.8MVA of sustainable power for the centre. The mall will use grey water harvesting in all public toilets and for the irrigation of the entire development. The design maximises natural light in the mall for optimal shopper comfort.

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