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The mall will boast a total lettable floor space of over 170 000m2, will house 500 stores and is eco-friendly.
The shopping complex is a result of a R2.5-billion redevelopment of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre which has been worked on over a period of two years. The refurbishment was aimed at enlarging the food and entertainment areas, as well as introduce a fashion wing and upmarket grocery options.
“The redevelopment of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre was driven by a strong demand from retailers, as they’re enjoying robust trade results year-on-year,” says Malose Kekana, group CEO for Pareto Limited, owner of the centre. Pareto Limited, Africa’s first black-owned black-managed property company, who purchased Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in 2015.
The owners feel that the new refurbished spacious structure is in the right place,as Tshwane has the fastest-growing gross domestic product (GDP) in South Africa, as well the youngest population. The centre owners predict that with the boosted spending power in the region due to above-inflation wages and relatively low inflation, coupled with the amount of embassies in the city the demand for a shopping Centre like theirs will be high.
“Menlyn Park has been an iconic part of Pretoria’s landscape since its construction in 1979,” says Kekana. “It’s a leader in the retail industry and makes a substantial contribution to Tshwane’s economy, while also employing over 3 000 people.”
The work was done in two phases - Phase 1 comprised of the reconfiguration of the old event arena into the new food court, as well as the launch of the new fashion wing and Grocery Avenue, in June 2015. An additional 50 000m2 in retail space and 8 250 parking bays were added.
Currently Gateway Mall remains the only mall to have over 200000m² of shopping space.
Although located in a strategic area between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Mall of Africa, however, has an above average floor size compared to Cape Town's Cavendish Mall (45000m²), Tyger Valley Centre (90000m²) and the Eastern Cape's new biggest mall in the province, Bay West, (90000m²).