Dischem to feature in R150m Newcastle Corner’s second phase launch

Newcastle Corner Exterior
The exterior of Newcastle Newcastle Corner, the new 7,000sqm convenience shopping centre.

Newcastle Corner, the new 7,000sqm convenience shopping centre that opened its first phase in August last year, will open its second phase the September, anchored by the city’s very first Dis-Chem.

Dis-Chem’s store will span 1,200sqm adding to the Newcastle Corner’s great convenience shopping for locals and visitors alike.

Chief Executive Officer of the Dis-Chem Group, Ivan Saltzman explains that by expanding into Newcastle, Dis-Chem will be meeting a strong customer demand from an attractive market.

“We are pleased to be able to offer local residents everything they have come to expect and value from Dis-Chem, right on their doorsteps. Newcastle Corner has the correct profile for the first Dis-Chem Pharmacy in the area, and we are proud to become part of this great community,” notes Saltzman.

Dis-Chem’s addition to Newcastle Corner continues the shopping centre’s track record of retail firsts for the KwaZulu-Natal’s third largest city. Its first phase is anchored by the first SuperSpar in Newcastle, in a 2,500sqm store. The shopping centre’s next phase will introduce even more popular retail choices for the city’s shoppers. And, there’s even more great shopping and entertainment variety to come.

Newcastle Corner is being developed in three phases at a total investment of R150 million. The centre enjoys a prime position at the entrance to Newcastle. The development is being driven by Retail Network Services – a leading full-service retail leasing and development specialist – together with local partners. Construction of the first phase of the mall began in July 2015.

Gavin Tagg, CEO of Retail Network Services, comments: “We are excited to grow this new convenience centre development and give the people of Newcastle an ever-increasing selection of convenient, safe and quality new retail and leisure in their very own top-notch shopping centre. We are especially pleased to introduce Dis-Chem to the city’s shoppers.”

Newcastle Corner’s already-open first phase also includes Mica, Just Plastics, Tops@Spar, Spec Savers, Cell Fix, Petremendous, and Nedbank, FNB and Capitec ATMs too. A Sasol service station is also open at the centre, and trading very well. In addition, the road-front section of the property is home to four stand-alone restaurants, including a McDonalds Drive Thru, Chicken Licken Drive Thru, Ocean Basket and Nando’s.

For its second phase, Newcastle Corner is also set to include an exciting range of restaurants and fast foods, such as RocoMamas, Fishaways and Debonairs. What’s more, Newcastle Corner will also introduce Kodak and a gym.

Tagg believes that in addition to its retail variety, the centre is a welcome asset for the local Newcastle community for several reasons, but especially because of its convenience factor.

Research commissioned by Retail Network Services reveals Newcastle Corner is ideally located for easy access on the corner of the highly visible and busy Memel Road (R34) and Allen Street intersection. While the R34/Memel Road is the key arterial into Newcastle from Johannesburg, Allen Road directs traffic from the buzzing CBD past the centre to some of Newcastle’s most affluent residential suburbs, including Hutten Heights, Pioneer Park and Barry Hertzog Park.

Tagg says: “Newcastle Corner has a great location in an established and developing node. With this new centre and its upcoming second phase, we are creating a consolidated convenience retail and eatery node on the main access road from Johannesburg into Newcastle.”

Tagg also reveals that Newcastle Corner’s third phase will build on the success of the great choice, convenience and vibe of its earlier phases, in line with Retail Network Service’s strategy to realise the exciting vision for this development. This gives local shoppers even more to look forward to.