Save Hyper: huge revamp for PMB business

2011-10-12 00:00

A LEADING Pietermaritzburg-based business, Save Hyper (previously Save Cash & Carry), is on the verge of completing a mega investment at its flagship store in Victoria Road.

The multimillion rand investment — which is probably one of the biggest investments in the city by a local business this year — has seen a complete refurbishment of the 8 500 square-metre store.

The move has transformed the store, which employs 500 people, into a one-stop shop for local consumers as it boasts a host of departments.

The newly revamped store will be launched on October 21.

Financial director Mohamed Noorgat told The Witness that one of the key focus areas of the revamp is the design and layout of the store, which is aimed at creating a convenient retail facility where shoppers can access a wide range of goods and services.

Parking and ease of access and exit have been key imperatives, and the group has invested in entry and exit points on Greyling Street and Victoria Road. Parking bays have been increased from 200 to 300.

The recent branding exercise has seen Save Cash & Carry being replaced by Save Hyper.

The group, which owns three other stores in Truro Plaza, Howick and Dalton, began the refurbishment in February 2011.

The departments include:

• A florist (registered with Interflora), party consumables and décor

• A 400 square-metre fruit and vegetable department

• A seafood market

• A take-away specialising in chicken as well as a pizza station, stir fries, traditional African food and Indian food

• A 50-seater restaurant open from 7 am to 7 pm

• A 530-square-metre bakery

• A butchery, biltong bar and deli

• A dairy with walk-in coolers for bulk packs

• A value clothing department

• A pharmacy

• A bigger grocery department, also focusing on health products,

• A specialist DIY section

Departments on the second level:

• A travel agency accredited by the International Air Transport Association and the Association of SA Travel Agents and affiliated with the Sure Travel group

• A specialist luggage department

• A high-tech department offering computers, laptops, Apple Macs, cameras printers, consumables, television sets, hi-fi and home theatre systems

• Major appliances

• A home department (including small appliances and mattresses)

• A toy department

The group has also invested a significant amount of money in upgrading the pavement areas on both Greyling Street and Victoria Road.

The store also boasts a first for the city — a “travelator” that enables shoppers to take their trolleys up to the second level.

Noorgat said 53 check-out points have been installed, including seven express tills.

Other changes include a new roof, tiling and air-conditioning.

• kavith@witness.co.za

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