R600m retail boost for the Boardwalk

2019-06-26 06:02
An artist’s impression of the entrance of the Boardwalk precinct.Photos:SUPPLIED

An artist’s impression of the entrance of the Boardwalk precinct.Photos:SUPPLIED

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THE Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World received a whopping R600 million to extend and upgrade its retail area.

This was announced after the Flanagan & Gerard Group and Moolman Group signed an agreement with Emfuleni Resorts, a subsidiary of Sun International, for the redevelopment project.

Boardwalk Mall, will include the latest shopping and leisure trends made for locals and the development will more than double the retail space in the Boardwalk Precinct when it opens in 2021. According to Anthony Leeming, CEO of Sun International, they are delighted that the Boardwalk mall development is back on track.

“When it is complete, the new and expanded mall will complement the Boardwalk’s other leisure offerings, and further serve the needs of surrounding communities. We view the new mall as an essential component of the broader Boardwalk precinct, which was identified and earmarked by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as an important growth node.

“We are confident that it will accelerate the Metro’s economic growth, job creation and increased returns to the Province,” Leeming said.

The planned Boardwalk Mall retail mix includes two supermarkets, one speciality food store, two pharmacies and two or more major banks. An appealing variety of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food options will be complemented by health and beauty, home and décor, cellular and electronics, gifting, sports and speciality shops. Everyday services and essential fashion will also feature.

With 17 hectares of land available for the redevelopment, Boardwalk Mall is only the first phase. There are also plans to build additional hospitality, medical suites, big-box retail and a health club.

As part of the development, R11 million will be invested in upgrading surrounding roads. Second Avenue will be widened into four lanes, and it will include a new entrance into Boardwalk Mall, with another on Marine Drive.

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