Mega-mall opens 500 stores under 1 roof

by Ofentse Sefolo
Mega-mall opens 500 stores under 1 roof

Following an extensive refurbishment and expansion, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is now the largest shopping mall in Africa.The new Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria was relaunched in December 2016, following a R2 billion revamp and 50 000m² expansion.

Now the largest shopping mall on the continent, the four-level complex covers 125 248m2 and 500 stores with a wide mix of retail brands, from fashion to electronics and homeware, as well as eateries and family entertainment.

The launch party was held in the mall’s Central Park, an open-air piazza planted with mature trees where shoppers can have a breather in-between shopping. The venue includes a stage area, a dancing water feature and is encircled by trendy restaurants.

Development highlights
According to Olive Ndebele, general manager of the shopping centre, the focus of the redevelopment was to enlarge the food and entertainment areas, as well as to introduce a fashion wing and upmarket grocery options. Ample parking bays, car-charging stations, multiple access points and VIP lounges also contribute to the shopping experience.

As eco-friendliness is another big focus, the development and professional teams involved went to great lengths to ensure that every aspect of the construction followed sustainable guidelines. This earned Menlyn Park Shopping Centre a four-star Green Star Retail Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa for the first building phase.

Caption: Central Square created the scene for the official launch of the new Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

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