High-end mall to be built in humble Harding

2011-08-09 00:00

WORK begins next month on Harding Corner, a new shopping mall that promises to make shopping in the rural town of Harding a lot more convenient.

Construction of the 9 000-square-metre shopping centre is set to begin in October and is expected to finish in August 2012.

The project is managed by Amber Dawn.

The developer aims to provide a comprehensive store mix, with 400 parking bays.

Caryn Geraghty, head of retail for Beetle Retail, said Shoprite Checkers and Checkers Liquor have already signed leases and will occupy a total of 3 350 square metres.

“A further 19 outlets have agreed to take space at the centre, subject to their board’s approval, and are expected to sign leases within the next 10 days,” Geraghty added.

Banks, cellphone shops, fast food franchises, restaurants, national clothing and national furniture stores have all shown an interest in Harding Corner.

“Hair salons and retailers of hair pieces and wigs have also made inquiries, and there is a definite possibility that the centre’s store mix will include a pharmacy, doctor and optometrist,” said Geraghty.

The signed and nearly signed leases represent 93% of Harding Corner’s total lettable space and 84% of rental value, the vast majority being nationals, franchises and professionals.

Not only will locals have the opportunity to shop at the mall, but the development will also boost the community’s economy, both during and after construction.

“Local workers and contractors will be employed wherever possible, and the completed centre will provide a boom of employment for the town and community,” said Geraghty.

Ed Peen, chairperson of Amber Dawn, said the development of Harding Corner will be completed in phases, with the construction of the shopping centre being phase one

“Amber Dawn are currently negotiating the purchase of two sites adjacent to the Harding Corner site for further development to complement the centre’s offering,” said Peen.

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