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A new 25,000m2 regional shopping mall worth R350m is on the cards for Die Rand in Upington in the Northern Cape. Taking its name from the surrounding Kalahari Desert basin, Kalahari Mall will offer customers a one-stop shopping oasis in a state-of-the-art air-conditioned retail environment.

Retail Africa leasing director Richard O’Sullivan says existing retail outlets in Upington’s CBD are scattered and parking is scarce. “In addition, there is minimal representation from many of the national retailers. With several national retailers under one roof, Kalahari Mall is set to change the status quo and provide shoppers with a convenient, comprehensive and comfortable shopping destination,” he says.

And comfort is key in a city where temperatures are often in excess of 40 degrees centigrade. “The centre is fully air- conditioned and we expect people to view it as an “oasis” that will provide relief from the blazing heat outside,” says O’Sullivan.

The mall will be bordered by Malherbe, Bosman, Botha and van Riebeeck Streets in the eastern part of town and is expected to service Upington, as well as a 300 kilometre catchment area incorporating Keetmanshoop, Kathu and Prieska, amongst others.

Anchored by major retailers such as Checkers, Spar, Edgars and other clothing fashion chains, Kalahari Mall will provide much needed retail diversity for shoppers, as well as a central piazza area that accommodates several eateries where they can relax and grab a bite. In addition, the centre offers ample parking space and a taxi rank.

O’Sullivan says prospective shoppers will come from the large agricultural community, as well as from the constant stream of tourists on their way to various game parks and tourist destinations in the area. “Interestingly, Upington is the testing ground for BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz (for its extreme temperatures and long, flat testing surfaces) – so the city gets a regular influx of international visitors for this purpose,” he says.

Architecturally, the mall draws on the earthy and sandstone textures and colours of the surrounding landscape, as well as the area’s cultural heritage, such as San art, which is incorporated into some of the design elements. Acacia (Camelthorn) trees and other local succulents such as the local Quiver trees will form part of the external landscaping for the centre.

O’Sullivan says the local council is encouraged by the development as it is expected to provide employment opportunities and skills transfer for local contractors and sub contractors during the construction phase. “In addition, there will be job opportunities for maintenance staff and shop assistants once the development is complete. The centre will also provide an excellent space for local franchises to operate from,” he says.
Country & Address South Africa  Upington
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Email info@KalahariMall.com
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Type Mall
Currency South African rand
Established date 2009
Gps Latitude -28.440318
Gps Longitude 21.252657
General Information Mall Area: 35,000 m2
Branches: 0
Floors: 1
Stroes: 120
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