Tower Mall opened on the 25 October 2013 in the growing Jouberton, City of Matlosana, bringing 15,400sqm of quality retail to this community and consumers in the surrounding western suburbs of Klerksdorp.Owned by JSE listed property company Dipula Income Fund and developed by BEE property development company Landmark Real Estate Services, Tower Mall is designed to be a retail and economic asset to its community and has created a modern quality shopping environment.
As the largest ever private investment into this community and with a tenant mix especially selected to meet local shopper needs, it is little wonder that Tower Mall has been welcomed by retailers and shoppers alike.
Effectively fully-let, Tower Mall’s retailers are led by anchor store Shoprite. Supported by general dealer Nizams, it also meets every day banking needs with African Bank, Capitec Bank, FNB, Old Mutual Bank and Standard Bank. This is complemented by cellular services from Vodacom.
In the health and beauty category, Tower Mall offers shoppers Clicks, Tower Mall Pharmacy, Lily’s Beauty Salon and Cosmetic Connection as well as the services of a general practitioner and an optometrist.
Tower Mall shoppers also benefit from a strong home and hardware component with Cashbuild, Fair Price Furnishers, Bears Furnishers, Ellerines, OK Furnishers, Lewis, Electric Express and Morkels.
Meeting the apparel and fashion needs of the community are Jet, Pep, Mr Price, The Fashion People, Ghetto Fashions, Yan Juajian Trading and Yusra Brothers.
Shops and restaurants satisfying local appetites include KFC, Biltong Hut, Nennas Bakery, Fish n Chips, Tzaprinos Flame n Grill and Debonairs Pizza.
Landmark and Dipula worked closely with the shopping centre’s leasing agents Citynet to ensure the right tenant mix at Tower Mall.
Izak Petersen, CEO of Dipula Income Fund, says: “Our investment goes beyond providing a quality mall and excellent retail for this community. It is also an investment in the community that boosts employment and skills. Tower Mall is a financially feasible development that meets Dipula’s strategy of investing in quality assets in underserviced areas. We believe Tower Mall will also be a catalyst for more investment in the area.”
Dipula is a JSE-listed property company with one of the highest black shareholdings in the South African listed property sector, and is managed externally by Dipula Asset Management Trust a 100% BEE Manco. Dipula’s investment portfolio comprises over 180 retail, industrial and office properties valued at more than R4 billion.
The potential for Tower Mall was originally identified by Landmark, a BEE property development company that specialises in developing shopping centres across South Africa in previously disadvantages areas, rural areas and small towns. Among its many successes are Makhado Crossing in Louis Trichardt, Bara Mall in Soweto, Naledi Mall in Vosloorus, Shoprite Centre in Thokoza and Metropolitan Centre in Ennerdale.
“Tower Mall is the first shopping centre in this area, and will definitely be the impetus to further commercial development and local economic growth,” says Lionel Kisten, Executive Director of Landmark. “Keeping it local is at the heart of Tower Mall. From using a local contractor and subcontractors, to boosting local employment, we all really want Tower Mall to have the biggest and best benefit for its community.”
Importantly Tower Mall has created an attractive, contemporary and vibrant one-stop retail centre in an area which research shows to have very poor and few retail facilities. Its immediate catchment area includes a growing population of some 250,000 people from Jouberton, Alabama, Manzil Park and Kenana. This means, until Tower Mall, this community found it difficult to meet its daily retail needs in its own neighbourhood.
Making it easy for residents to get to the mall, Tower Mall is prominent with excellent visibility and accessibility. There is also a planned bridge across the N12 highway which will further facilitate ease of access for the neighbouring communities of Alabama and Manzil Park which form part of the primary catchment area.