South African property investment and development company, Atterbury will develop what is said to be Namibia's largest single commercial property development, the 54,000sqm Mall of Namibia - The Grove in Windhoek, with Demashuwa Properties and Safland Property Group.
The R1.3 billion Mall of Namibia - The Grove is at the heart of the Hilltop mixed-use estate in Windhoek's Klein Kuppe and will open in September 2014. This estate will include a hotel, offices, apartments, medical centre and health and fitness centre. Already the shopping centre's neighbours include Food Lover's Market and Metro, creating an exciting retail precinct in Namibia's capital city, with superb access for local residents, visitors and tourists alike. Anchor tenants
The mall has already secured Game, Shoprite, Woolworths, Edgars and Spar stores as anchor tenants.
"The development has been greeted with enthusiastic retailer interest for its 126 stores with most South African national retailers already represented in Namibia lining up to trade at Mall of Namibia - The Grove. Several retail brands have also chosen to make their Namibian debut at the Mall," says Cobus van Heerden, Retail Director at Atterbury Property Developments. "There is also keen interest from local Namibian retailers."
Other tenants already signed include Truworths, Dis-Chem, Jet, Tekkie Town, Pep, Ackermans, Jay Jay's, Legit, Sportsmans Warehouse, Rhapsody's, Vida E, Clicks, Spar, Cappuccino's and Wimpy.
Entertainment and restaurants are also key ingredients, and will include Namibia's most cutting-edge cinema experience as well as a great variety of contemporary restaurants offering open-air dining under the African Sky, with spectacular views of Windhoek.
Van Heerden says: "Besides being a valuable retail asset for Namibia and a major tourist attraction, The Grove will boost the local economy with valuable employment generation."
It will provide ample, secure parking on all three retail levels. The Grove is easy to reach from almost every suburb in Windhoek and enjoys simple access to two international airports.Job creation
During construction, there will be direct employment opportunities for 700 people. Once open, retailers and centre operations will create between 1,200 and 1,500 permanent employment opportunities.
The design of the mall is a product of collaboration between South African Boogertman Architects and Namibian Howard and Chamberlain.