Old Mutual Property’s Cavendish Square in Claremont, Cape Town, has created a new outdoor boulevard.
The pedestrianized trading area between Cavendish Square and Cavendish Connect, from Warrick Street on the southern side to Vineyard Road on the north, is situated in the heart of the Cavendish Square shopping area. Previously a vehicular route, this walking section has been home to informal traders on the pavements for many years.
To complement the centre’s extensive upgrades which have been completed on the ground and first floors, the outdoor area will now be upgraded, creating an attractive and safe space while providing improved conditions for the traders.
The outdoor area has historically exposed shoppers and traders to the weather which has frequently prevent them from operating. The refurbishment will allow the traders to grow and develop their businesses with lock-up stores and kiosks and access to Wi-Fi connectivity, electricity, and water.
While the renovations take place, the traders will go on a business coaching programme which will cover everything from marketing to finance, operations, business strategy, and logistics. They will also be geared up with digital payment processes.
Construction commenced on site in July 2023. The renovations are scheduled for completion prior to the 2023 festive season, to enable the traders to benefit from the increased foot traffic in the area over this period.
The upgrade is being undertaken by Old Mutual Property who own the adjacent Cavendish Square shopping centre. The Dreyer Street upgrade project is the culmination of longstanding relationships and collaboration between Old Mutual Property, Cavendish Square, the Claremont Traders Association, and the City of Cape Town.