Atterbury’s Richmond Corner shopping centre has officially opened in Cape Town. Introducing some 6 500m2 convenience retail, the fully let centre will uplift the community.
The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatsha officially opened the centre on Thursday the 23rd of July 2020. Dr Wayne Alexander, Chief Director: Western Cape of the Land Claims Commission, Chairperson of the Richmond Park Communal Property Association, Danny September and, Atterbury’s Western Cape head of operations, Gerrit van den Berg, also spoke at the launch.
The shopping centre has become a new landmark on the busy corner of Plattekloof and Tygervalley roads, at the N7 highway off-ramp. It forms part of Richmond Park, an 84-hectare site that is part of a milestone land restitution settlement. Owned by Richmond Park Communal Property Association (CPA), it consists of a group of 401 families representing 5 300 people spanning five generations who were forcibly removed from the land between 1972 and 1984. In 2014, the land was transferred back to the CPA. The Richmond Park Community leased the land to the Richmond Park Development Company and holds shares in the development company.
Richmond Park is among the largest property developments in Cape Town with 300 000m2 of greenfield mixed-use development rights. Its major shareholders are Atterbury, Old Mutual Properties, the Richmond Park CPA and Qubic 5 Dimensional Property, Bethel Property and Atlantis. All shareholders attended the launch and were accompanied by members of the Richmond community.
“Everyone involved in this project has gone above and beyond to get Richmond Corner ready for its shoppers and community. The opening of any shopping centre takes meticulous planning and heaps of hard work. Achieving this during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and doing so safely, is an exceptional achievement and we would like to thank everyone who has risen to this challenge, especially our consultants, contractors, and partners. We are incredibly proud of the result and excited to showcase our beautiful centre and its powerful retail mix. Richmond Corner, together with the entire Richmond Park development, is a symbol of confidence in South Africa’s future” comments Gerrit van den Berg.
The centre was initially scheduled to open three months earlier, but the final preparations were delayed due to the national lockdown. With the economy slowly opening up, Richmond Corner has become Atterbury’s first South African shopping centre to open after the lifting of the construction restrictions.
“May we draw a little hope and inspiration from this successful land restitution, and the opening of a fully-let centre in the middle of a global pandemic. May we wake up every morning with a fire in our bellies to make a difference to this beautiful country. May we not be derailed by incompetence, complacency and corrupt agendas designed to divide us” said Gerrit.
Richmond Corners’ shopper appeal includes its great offering, location and easy accessibility, and, above all, its convenience – each element is designed to fulfil a valuable role in its community. And, with the national Covid-19 response, access to local retail has become even more critical.
Richmond Corner’s central location means an effortless shopping trip for everyone working in the park, those in its immediate Richmond neighbourhood and just around the corner for commuters living in nearby Bothasig, Richwood, Burgundy, Plattekloof and surrounds.
The centre offers a selection of twenty-two stores, focused on modern, convenient family shopping. It is anchored by Pick n Pay, Woolworths Food, Clicks, complemented by a variety of convenience stores and takeaway options.
Takeaways include Calamari Fisheries, Famous Kalahari Biltong, Pizza Perfect and Vide e Caffe. These delicious options will be joined by a KFC Drive-Thru on 30 July, and a Burger King Drive-Thru in October this year.
Pick n Pay at Richmond Corner will also be joined by group brands Pick n Pay Clothing and, opening when permitted, Pick n Pay Liquor. Keeping shoppers healthy and beautiful are Clicks, Sorbet, The Barber’s Range and Spec-Savers. Adding to everyday convenience are Absolute Pets, All Fix, Dry Cleaning 4U, Unique Tailor and The Crazy Store. It also features ATMs from FNB and Standard Bank.
In the spirit of community, several of these retailers have been particularly mindful to employ people from the Richmond community, and so too has the precinct’s cleaning contractor.
Designed to be modern, minimalistic, and aesthetically appealing, Richmond Corner features accents of textured wood and cement. But this centre is not only good looking; it is also designed to operate in a way that is good for the environment. Its structure includes built-in rainwater harvesting, it has environmentally friendly and sustainable waste management, and has been built to house its own solar farm in future.
To start with, Richmond Corner will open at 9am daily, and trade until 6pm on weekdays, 5pm on Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays and public holidays. The centre offers 24-hour security with free parking, including specially demarcated disabled and moms-and-tots bays.