The 24 000m2 Boardwalk Mall in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape is nearing completion and ramping up for its grand opening on the 22nd of September 2022.
The new mall features 92 stores, 30 of which opened during the first phase in March 2022, and it is anchored by the first Checkers, Woolworths Food and Dis-Chem stores in its area, complemented by a Pick n Pay and a Clicks store with a VIP cinema upgrade from NuMetro.
The major development by Flanagan & Gerard and Emfuleni Resorts includes the extension and upgrade of the Boardwalk Precinct around the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Summerstrand, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
The project also features a new 2 500m2 Sunpark events arena which boasts a big screen, fountain, restaurants spilling onto the square, a variety of coffee shops and casual dining options, and the Magic Company gaming arcade.
“We are incredibly excited about the opening of Boardwalk Mall. While we first identified the potential of this development over a decade ago, it was in early 2019 that we presented a plan to Sun International to create a dominant high-end convenience centre for Summerstrand that introduced many major retailers not yet in the area, but for which there was a big demand from the thriving local community,” says Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard.
Construction of the single-level mall was ready to commence in February 2020 but was delayed by the pandemic lockdown. Demolition and bulk earthworks finally got underway between February to April 2021, and construction began in May 2021.