The newest mall in South Africa termed the “Mall of Africa,” opened its doors to the general public on Thursday which resulted to a mammoth crowd storming the largest shopping center to be completed in a single phase in the country.
Inside the latest 131,000 square metres of retail space will be 300 shops including global brand names. The mall of Africa is the first-phase of the largest mall yet to be completed in the country presently.
However, research has revealed that even though the Mall of Africa is recorded as the biggest shopping centre built in a single phase in SA, the shopping center cannot be compared to Durban’s Gateway Mall.
Till today, the largest shopping center in the country still remains the Umhlanga Rocks-based mall occupying a massive 220,000 square metres of retail space (with more than 400 stores and eateries). The Gateway Mall remains the only mall to occupy over 200,000 square metres of shopping space.
Following Umhlanga Rocks as the second largest shopping center in SA, is the Canal Walk in Cape Town, sitting at 141,000 square metres.
Located in a strategic spot that spreads between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Mall of Africa can boast of an above average floor size compared to Cape Town’s Cavendish Mall (45,000 square metres), Tyger Valley Centre (90,000 square metres) and the Eastern Cape’s new biggest mall in the province, Bay West, (90,000 square metres).
Judging from the results of Urban Studies research done last year for the South African Council of Shopping Centres, SA can boast of the sixth highest number of centres of any country in the world.
Though the grand opening of the Mall of Africa surfaced during a time when the economy of the country is still trying to recover, renowned retail lines such as Cotton On, Zara, Starbucks, H&M are doing business with the mall in order to expand their businesses more in South Africa.