Scottsville Mall revamp

2011-08-24 00:00

THE popular retail anchor Scottsville Mall is set for a major refurbishment.

The owners of the centre, Redefine Properties — a JSE-listed property loan stock company — told The Witness that the centre will undergo a major aesthetic and structural revamp.

Work began this month and is set for completion in April next year.

It is understood that the investment in the refurbishment amounts to about R33,5 million. The investment forms part of the company’s R680 million ventures into projects in Gauteng, Cape Town, Mpumalanga and the Essex Gardens office development in Westville, Durban, among others.

The move is seen as an attempt to breathe new life into the centre, which with other properties in Redefine’s portfolio, has “lost some of its glory”.

Redefine told The Witness, “All open areas within the mall area will be enclosed.

“The centre will be transformed with a new look and feel, which will not only be carried through the centre, but through a new logo and signage as well.

“A full and revitalised leasing strategy will be incorporated into the centre upgrade with existing tenants working towards improving their stores, offering … a better service … Combined with this will be the installation of a number of new and exciting tenants.”

The revamp will include a makeover of the toilets, décor, walkways, signage, branding, tiling, ceilings and lighting around the mall.

The gross leasable area of 14 501 square metres will be increased slightly as a result of the changes.

Although Scottsville Mall is in need of a revamp, the centre remains popular, attracting an estimated 335 490 visitors per month.

The centre is 32 years old. It was previously structured into two independently-owned buildings — Nedbank Plaza and 50 Durban Road.

Redefine said tenants have also warmed up to the idea of a revamp.

“Initially tenants were disgruntled; however, they are very excited now. I think naturally there are reservations when an upgrade commences as tenants worry about their stores survival during and after the construction.”

The centre was previously owned by Ambit Properties and managed by Broll before Redefine took over.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.