‘Convenient’ shops open now

2017-12-05 06:00
The Watergate Centre has officially opened with 70% of stores ready for trading.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

The Watergate Centre has officially opened with 70% of stores ready for trading.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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In less than a year, a new shopping experience has come to Mitchell’s Plain.

The Watergate Centre, situated on the corner of AZ Berman Drive and the R300, was officially opened on Thursday with 70% of the stores ready to trade.

Centre developer Luigi Giuricich said at the opening ceremony he had often been discouraged from investing in Mitchell’s Plain but added it was a pleasure to see the end result of the planning and building of the centre.

“Watergate Centre was designed to be a different centre to anything available in Mitchell’s Plain. I wanted it to be convenient and attractive with shops that will enable customers to find stores that were not always readily available in the area, as well as a safe environment,” he said.

The land was purchased in 2014 but earthworks only started last October, with construction of the 20 000m2 centre having officially started in March this year.

“Most of the stores are now open to the public.

“People tried to warn me about developing in the area and yes, there were challenges, but I really enjoyed it,” said Giuricich.

He added that dealing with the community and local council taught him a lot.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), thanked Giuricich for the investment.

“We appreciate the fact that you have invested in our community. For too long the narrative is out there that we can’t invest in Mitchell’s Plain and we are here to rebut that,” said Andrews at the opening.

“There is business in Mitchell’s Plain and the market is thriving and no-one will invest in our community if our community is not safe and we need to rebut that. That is why we are proud to partner with you while you invest millions of rands into our ­community.

“On behalf of the City of Cape Town we want to thank you for investing in our ­community.”

Stores at the centre include restaurants, a supermarket, clothing stores, a gym, medical practitioners, hardware and other specialist shops, a business centre and offices of several financial services.

A second phase will include a tile store, petrol garage and hopefully more trading space as demand arises.

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