Residents cheer Edendale mall’s sod turning

2010-07-28 00:00

WORK on a fully fledged regional mall for Edendale began yesterday after six years of planning.

The partners in the R350 million Edendale Mall, New Ground Investments and McCormick Property Development, held a sod-turning ceremony at the site yesterday.

The 33 000 square metre mall will serve an estimated 80 000 households, incorporating more than 300 000 people.

The mall will be located at the intersection of Moses Mabhida Road (Edendale Road) and Mount Partridge Road at the site of the old Qokololo Stadium near Edendale Hospital.

Local residents, ward councillors and dignitaries, including the first lady of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr May Mkhize, attended the sod turning.

Residents greeted the news that several national retailers will form part of the mall with cheers and jubilation.

Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Truworths, Jet, Identity, Pep, Ackermans and Sheet Street are some of the tenants who will be trading at the centre.

Jason McCormick of McCormick Property Development said the Shoprite and Pick n Pay stores will each cover 3 500 square metres.

Other tenants include Spur, King Pie, Debonairs Pizza, Chicken Licken, Bears and Ellerines. Local businesses will also be accommodated in the mall, McCormick added.

The mallis expected to open its doors by the end of October 2011 and will create more than 1 000 jobs. About 2000 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

The developers have worked closely with the local taxi industry to develop a public transport facility at the mall covering 8 000 square metres, including 288 parking bays. The mall will provide 806 parking bays for private vehicles.

Henry Masinga, a director of New Ground Investments, told The Witness that the sod-turning ceremony is a special moment for Edendale. “This is your mall. It’s an asset and it belongs to you,” he said in his address to the people of Edendale.


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