Renewed Confidence About Ghana
The new Kumasi City Mall in Ghana’s city of Kumasi will open on 20 April 2017. It is leading property developer and investor Atterbury’s fourth successful retail development in Ghana. Atterbury’s first trio of prior successful developments in the country are all in Ghana’s capital, Accra: Accra Mall, Westhills Mall, and Achimota Mall.
The world-class 18,500sqm modern mall, with potential for a future 10,000sqm expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop environment with shopping and entertainment under one roof when it opens next month.
Atterbury is developing the mall for its owners Delico Kumasi Limited, which is wholly-owned by Delico Property Development Limited. AttAfrica has been appointed asset manager at Kumasi City Mall and is responsible for its day-to-day running and operations.
Cobus van Heerden, of Atterbury Property Development, says: “We are optimistic about Ghana and Kumasi City Mall, notwithstanding the challenging economic context in West Africa and competition. With its new president, there is also renewed confidence and positive sentiment about Ghana. Kumasi City Mall is perfectly timed for this upsurge in confidence.”
Virtually fully let, Kumasi City Mall’s anchor tenants are Shoprite and Walmart brand Game, with the new shopping centre supporting the growth of both retailers in the region.
Kumasi Mall is enclosed on either end, with a semi-enclosed food court at its heart.
“It’s exceptionally strong food court serves as an excellent third anchor. It responds to the outgoing and social nature of the people of Kumasi by offering a vibrant dining and entertainment space with generous seating and shaded areas,” explains van Heerden.
With superb access from the Eastern Bypass of the city’s main ring road, Kumasi City Mall has a prominent road frontage, generous undercover and on-grade parking, and two easy access points. There’s also a large taxi drop-off and pick-up facility right in front of the mall.
Designed in a joint venture between South African architect practice Boogertman + Partners and Ghanaian practice MultiCAD, the mall incorporates steel, concrete, and wood, in an elegant design inspired by an African tree, which branches out to create a roof canopy. Together, its many different tree-shaped columns create a forest, illuminated by plenty of natural light from beautiful African skies.
“We are incredibly proud of Kumasi City Mall and we are confident that it will make a real difference for its community,” notes van Heerden.
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