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.

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