HOW many shopping malls can one large city stand, I wonder?
When I first came to live in Joburg, a couple of decades back, the acme of my prior shopping experience was Cavendish Square – then a smaller place than it is now. So the sprawling, glossy shopping malls of Joburg were breathtakingly huge and sophisticated. I felt like I was wandering around in an LA movie set.
But in the years between, they’ve replicated like bunnies on a mission. Now I’m just bored by them all. How often can you repeat the same old basic recipe? How many people really want yet another chain of chain stores, the same set of anchor tenants, the same clothes stores, the same outdoor shops, the same pharmacy?