New mall for Bay

2018-03-14 06:00
At the media breakfast held at the Boardwalk last week Tuesday from left are, Martin Lodewijks (Boardwalk marketing manager), Mike van Vuuren (Boardwalk general manager) and Nicholas Forsythe (Boardwalk operations manager). Photo:THANDI SETOKOE

At the media breakfast held at the Boardwalk last week Tuesday from left are, Martin Lodewijks (Boardwalk marketing manager), Mike van Vuuren (Boardwalk general manager) and Nicholas Forsythe (Boardwalk operations manager). Photo:THANDI SETOKOE

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BOARDWALK General Manager Mike van Vuuren has confirmed that they have finally received the green light to go ahead with their proposal to develop a mall complex in the Boardwalk Precinct.

The mall will include a retail mall, a multi-purpose events venue and entertainment offerings.

Speaking at a media breakfast held last week Tuesday, Van Vuuren said the project had been brought to a halt as the Boardwalk had been awaiting a licence renewal approval from the Eastern Cape Gaming Board.

“Boardwalk is a licenced casino, so we needed to have consultations with the EC Gaming Board on the licence condition because the retail centre was part of our original bid. So, as a consequence, if we wanted to make any amendments to the retail areas, we need to have our licence renewed,” Van Vuuren explained.

He said they had now managed to complete the consultations with the gaming board and the licence conditions had been approved.

The first phase of construction is expected to commence in September this year, after the completion of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and will include the redevelopment of the existing areas.

“This will be from the Hobie Beach entrance through to News Café and down to the Spur area. What we are going to try and replicate in that area is something similar to Stanley Street. So, that will became PE’s favourite place with restaurants and various retail components.”

This phase is expected to be completed in April next year. Thereafter the big construction phase will take place until April 2020.

Van Vuuren said they were now in the pre-letting phase to secure tenants. The official announcement of the three major national tenants would take place in July.

“Unfortunately, for now we can’t mention the names of the major retail outlets who have agreed to be part of the mall until the official launch in July.”

He further added that a programme plan of the development had been submitted to the Eastern Cape Gaming Board.

“We are expecting feedback in the next two weeks and thereafter we will be able to move forward based on the timelines,” Van Vuuren said.

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