The development of the R2-billion Bay West Mall is set to unlock dramatic growth in Nelson Mandela Bay, says Bay West City MD Gavin Blows.
He adds that the South African National Roads Agency Limited has committed R300-million to the Bay West City project – a “city within a city”, which will unfold over the next 15 years. The Bay West Mall is the first phase of this project.
Of the R300-million, about R120-million is earmarked for the development of roads for the first phase of the project, with Bay West City carrying a further cost of R150-million to build access routes.
The development of access roads to the site, situated along the N2 in the western suburbs, is expected to begin in April, along with the construction of the mall, says Blows.
Civils work at the site is being undertaken by Mawethu Civils.
“We employed three companies to perform major demographic studies of the Bay ahead of the mall’s development,” says Blows. “We had a look at Bloem-fontein, which has three regional malls, having a gross leasable area of over 50 000 m² each, [and] which trade well, compared with just one regional mall in Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Research shows that Nelson Mandela Bay is in need of another mall as the Eastern Cape city lags nationally in terms of regional retail space versus income levels, and regional retail space versus the number of households, notes Blows.
While Bloemfontein, with its three regional malls, has about 200 000 households, with
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