Menlyn Park mall, now Africa’s largest, will reopen soon
The newly revamped Menlyn Park shopping centre in Pretoria is set to open in just over a week, on November 24.
It will be the largest shopping centre in Africa, usurping Durban’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping. It will also be larger than Gauteng’s Sandton City, Cape Town’s Canal Walk and Waterfall’s Mall of Africa.
South African shoppers’ faith in large retail centres is undented, with many people preferring to visit malls once or twice a month and do all of their shopping, rather than visiting several smaller malls many times in a month.
Menlyn Park, which is owned by private company Pareto, has been extended by 50,000m² through a project that cost about R2bn.
The expanded super-regional mall will be more than 170,000m² and contain about 500 stores. Certain parts of the mall have also been refurbished.
Gateway, SA’s second-largest mall at 166,636m², has 362 stores. Sandton City follows at 146,803m² with about 300 stores.
Canal Walk is the largest shopping centre in the Western Cape, at 140,567m², with 412 stores.
Mall of Africa, located in the Waterfall City development in Midrand, is 130,000m². It has about 300 stores and is the largest mall to be built within a single phase.
Menlyn may not retain its crown forever. Fourways Mall in Gauteng is being expanded from 90,000m² to about 170,000m². The expansion is set to be completed in the middle of 2018 and the mall may end up larger than Menlyn.
"We’ve put together a fantastic tenant mix that caters to all our shoppers," Menlyn Park GM Olive Ndebele says.
"The centre attracts residents of all the surrounding and outlying suburbs of Pretoria, a large contingent of foreign businesspeople, diplomats and holidaymakers, and keen shoppers from other African countries, such as Nigeria and Mozambique, where big-name items are hard to find," she says.
Among the anchor tenants and top international clothing brands in the mall are Zara, Fabiani menswear and H&M Clothing.
"Menlyn Park is the leading shopping destination in Pretoria and we’re proud to be bringing our customers value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price," says Amelia-May Woudstra, public relations manager for H&M Clothing.
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre will extend its shopping hours from November 24 to cater for their customers’ schedules.
The centre will be open from 9am to 9pm every day except for public holidays, when it will close at 5pm.