‘Iconic’ mall in the works

2018-07-19 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedAn artist’s impression of the completed Tongaat Mall.

PHOTO: suppliedAn artist’s impression of the completed Tongaat Mall.

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THE Tongaat community is finally getting the shopping mall they deserve.

Historically, Tongaat residents have had no choice but to travel long distances to shop for their families.

However, a new chapter has dawned as substantial planning is under way to demolish all remnants of the past and create an iconic modern shopping centre in the CBD of Tongaat.

CEO of AJ Property Holdings Albert Lourens, in partnership with Investec Properties and Proproyale Developments, have committed themselves to design and build an entirely new CBD shopping centre, inspired by Tongaat’s vibrant community.

“We deeply respect Tongaat’s heritage and it’s been heartening to hear of the support for their shopping centre from the town’s residents and local authorities. One thing is clear, the community is desperate for a retail shopping node with all amenities where they can shop safely, eat and gather together without having to travel extensively to other centres. Our goal is to exceed their expectations by creating a dynamic shopping centre that symbolises the spirit of Tongaat,” Lourens said.

With an impressive portfolio of established developments and successful shopping centres, the team of financiers, developers and professionals have what it takes to reshape the site into a sustainable triumph.

Like all their builds, safety and compliance are paramount and the site-specific plans will be thoroughly scrutinised and approved by the council authorities before any construction commences.

At present, Tongaat residents have very few options to turn to in respect of retail outlets.

The High Street is congested and there isn’t adequate parking available.

The developers set to change all that when their ultra-convenient centre becomes a quick commute away.

Lourens said: “The property is supremely well-positioned for retail, and we’re excited to create an incredible shopping experience which generates employments and growth in our economy. We have a fresh, trend-led millennial approach to development and this will be a centre like no other in the area.”

Further to the retail offering, the centre’s construction will create over 300 jobs and once complete, the project will create substantial permanent employment in the CBD.

Right now, the mall is in the planning phase which is being treated with utmost scrutiny.

Construction will commence during the latter half of 2018, subject to town planning approvals.

Murray Clark (Proproyale Developments), co-developer with AJ Property Holdings & Investec Property, said the development team is aiming to open for trade by the tail end of 2019 and their immediate objective is to demolish the existing structure completely.

Spanning 16 500 sqm, the new mall will become home to 41 bustling shops featuring South Africa’s most well-loved brands as well as some exciting local pioneers and newcomers.

Checkers, Cambridge, Clicks, Pep and Ackermans are just a few of the anchor tenants that are set to get on-board.

Other confirmed national tenants include the likes of McDonalds, Chicken Xpress, Ma Baker Xpress, American Menswear and Cell C.

Local favourites Fit 4 All gym, CompuMouse, SpiceEE and Blaze are also set to join the mix.

A local newcomer, Lava Lounge, also promises to bring in a great new ambiance to the town.

Add to this a wide variety of banks, including Capitec, Nedbank and Absa, and the mall will provide a comprehensive one-stop shopping experience.

With many other exciting tenants in the final stages of negotiations, space at this centre is running out.

In terms of their design philosophy, Lourens said: “We sought to create an aspirational retail offering, in line with leading retail trends.”

Walkways and common areas have been designed with ample space to include a series of small-format pop-in shops to encourage young entrepreneurs and brands to become a part of the mall’s offering.

Natural light and ventilation will cascade through a raised mall walkway roof, illuminating open air spaces for shoppers to meander through while the high-volume entrance will greet shoppers with restaurants and cafés. They will also be able to shop, work and play, all under one roof by accessing Wi-Fi throughout the mall.

Parents will be able to relax and refresh while their children have fun in the play area, and there’s an arcade in the works for teens.

The development team is also in the process of designing a landscaping plan that will introduce lush greenery throughout the centre.

The mall will also be able to accommodate 1 000 secure parking bays on site, situated within easy access of the shops and major roads.

— Supplied.

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