On 19 March 2014, Baywest Mall developers Abacus Asset Management and Billion Group began the one year countdown until the doors of the Eastern Cape’s largest mall open to the public on March 19 next year.
Celebrating the launch of the countdown on Algoa FM, Baywest MD Gavin Blows said everything was on track for the super regional mall to welcome visitors from March 2015. “We are very excited,” said Blows. “The roof of the mall is busy going up and will be completed by July. After that we start on the interior of the mall.”
Work on major tenants Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers and Game – which together represent 30,000m² of the 87,000m² mall – would start first. Blows said the bigger stores meant Baywest Mall shoppers would be exposed to the same sorts of extensive catalogues previously reserved for shoppers at Johannesburg‘s Sandton City, Cape Town‘s Canal Walk or Durban‘s Gateway shopping centres.
Research has shown that shoppers will travel for up to two hours to spend a day at the mall, meaning footprint stretching inland past Grahamstown and to Plettenberg Bay along the coast, said Blows.
The mall will also house the region’s only ice rink, which will be located in the Baywest Mall Fun Factory alongside state-of-the-art Ster Kinekor cinemas, a bowling alley, and a games arcade, among others.
Blows also reiterated the convenience of the mall’s location – along the N2 freeway in the
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