Despite recent rainfall, construction of a new shopping centre remains on track.Watergate Centre, currently being constructed at the end of AZ Berman Drive, is set for completion in November, in a development that has been on the cards for three years.“We purchased the land from the housing developer in 2014 but only received transfer last year. There were several developments planned for the land prior to this but they did not proceed. “Construction began with earthworks in October last year and construction in February,” says developer Luigi Giuricich.Giuricich says the 20 000m2 centre will focus on safe and convenient shopping, with fully enclosed grounds and access control. The centre will offer free parking close to the stores. It is therefore not an undercover mall but rather like an open centre that offers convenience with a variety of stores. “I saw this land as an ideal opportunity to develop a retail node at the entrance of Mitchell’s Plain which would serve all the surrounding areas as well. I saw a need for convenience and destination shopping which was not previously available in the area. This includes specialist retailers,” he says.“My hope is that this is a convenient, popular and safe centre where customers will be able to shop for goods not normally available in the area.” The Watergate Centre is set to officially open at the end of November and it is expected that at least 70% of tenants will be ready to trade by then.“At the Watergate Centre there will be about 60 tenants, including the normal everyday convenience tenants,” says Giuricich.These will include a supermarket, clothing store, a gym, medical practitioners, hardware, food and specialist shops. There will also be a locally run business centre and several financial services branches.These stores all form part of the first phase of development, which will also feature about 606 parking bays.The second phase will see another home improvement store housed as part of a 9000m2 plot that has the potential to be further developed as additional demand has been established, says Giuricich. “Most of the stores are already accounted for, but we are being particular about which tenants to accept. We are still looking for a courier or post type tenant, bulk sweet and refreshment store, specialist spice and catering supply store, amongst others,” says Giuricich. V For more information call Carl van Heerden on 076 313 8384 or visit www.watergatecentre.co.za.