School children were amongst the throngs of people to descend on The Grove Mall of Namibia’s opening day on Thursday, 23 October 2014. The new R1 billion regional shopping centre is the largest development of its kind in Namibia, spanning 55,000sqm.
The Grove Mall of Namibia – the largest shopping centre ever to be developed in the country and spanning some 55,000sqm – yesterday (23 October 2014) opened its doors to thousands of shoppers and visitors keen to be the first to get a taste of the world-class shopping experience.
Located within the Hilltop mixed-use estate in Kleine Kuppe, Windhoek – the R1 billion mall is development by Atterbury Property Holdings, jointly with JSE-listed Attacq Limited, and local Namibian partners, The Frontier Property Trust and Demushuwa Property Developer.
“The Mall of Namibia is the country’s first regional shopping centre. With more than 120 retail stores, restaurants and service outlets – 28 of which are new to Namibia – the mall brings a never before seen shopping destination to the people of Namibia,” says Cobus van Heerden of Atterbury Property.
“It’s an incredibly exciting development for Atterbury and forms part of our African expansion and diversification. The mall’s Hilltop Estate location is strategic as this is one of the fastest-growing nodes in Windhoek and enjoys convenient access to most suburbs in the Namibian capital,” he adds.
The Grove Mall of Namibia is anchored by Woolworths, Checkers, Game, Spar and Dischem, and boasts a Ster Kinekor movie complex as part of its exciting entertainment offering. Other noted retailers and brands that form part of the top-notch tenant mix include Edgars, Truworths, Sportsmans Warehouse, First National Bank, Clicks, Toys R Us, Guess, Cotton On, Hilton Weiner, Jenny Button, Aca Joe, Poetry, Sissy Boy, Ackermans, Tekkie Town, Pep, Coricraft Wimpy, Wakkaberry, Happe.Me, Vida-e Caffé, News Cafe and Col’cacchio, amongst others.
“As can be seen from the unprecedented array of stores to open at the mall, shoppers are spoilt for choice with the latest fashion, electronics, accessories, furniture, food and entertainment outlets and more right on their doorstep. The Mall of Namibia offers locals a huge variety, plus the convenience of now not having to go beyond the country’s borders to enjoy world class shopping,” comments van Heerden.
“The mall’s entertainment and leisure offering, anchored by a 6 screen Ster Kinekor cinema complex and an outdoor area, is going to be a major attraction and due to open in December, just in time for the holiday season. A number of restaurants offer alfresco dinning under the African sky and with great view of Windhoek,” he adds.
The Grove Mall of Namibia was designed by leading architects Boogertman & Partners, together with Howard and Chamberlain. Its eye-catching design is influenced by Namibia’s climate and environment, with dune-like lines and earthy colours and textures.
“It’s sure to become a well-known landmark and destination in Namibia for local people and tourists alike. And, it is part of the bigger Hilltop Estate mixed-use nodal development, which will include A-grade offices, a hotel, health and fitness centre, a hospital, residential apartments and more,” comments van Heerden.
“The citizens of Windhoek and Namibia were hugely excited and have been looking forward to the opening of the mall, especially ahead of the December holidays. This was not only illustrated by the thousands of people who came for opening day, but the more than 35,000 likes the mall’s Facebook page received before it opened,” he concludes.