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Mall of the North scoops top honours

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30 Dec 2011

The Mall of the North in Polokwane, Limpopo scooped the prestigious Spectrum Retail Design Development Award at the annual industry awards.

John Williamson (MDS Architecture – Mall of the North), Pierre La Haye (MDS Architecture – Mall of the North), Robert Cooper (Supercare Cleaning Services, Paarl Mall), Shafique Modak (Paarl Mall), Charmaine Benjamin (Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre at Canal Walk), Vanessa Herbst (Canal Walk, Marketing Concepts) and Christie Stanbridge (Canal Walk, Marketing Concepts).

The Spectrum Awards recognise excellence, innovation and service across four categories which underpin the retail centre sector in South Africa.

An initiative of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), finalists for the Spectrum Awards comprise winners of the regional Special Star Retailer and Service Provider Awards, the Footprint Marketing Awards and the Retail Design and Development Awards (RDDA).

Mall of the North was designed by MDS Architecture and the centre’s joint owners and developers are Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed property company Resilient Property Income Fund, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and Moolman Group.

This is the second consecutive year in which the team of MDS and Flanagan & Gerard have clinched this award.

Other winners in the competition include Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town, Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre at Canal Walk and Supercare Cleaning Services at Paarl Mall.

“Retail plays a vital role in the South African economy and shopping centres are at the heart of this significant economic activity,” says Amanda Stops, general manager of SACSC.

Furthering excellence in retail is of wide benefit and represents vast positive outcomes for consumers, retailers, shopping centres, service providers and the economy in general, she says.

The Spectrum RDDAs recognise exceptional shopping centre design, combined with economic success, within the South African property industry.

Finalists for this award included Jubilee Mall in Hammanskraal, Pick n Pay on Nicol, Eastgate re-positioning phase one and the store design of Tasha's at The Zone @ Rosebank.

Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town triumphed in the National Retailer of the Year Award, delivering first-rate service.

Category finalists included Dis-Chem La Lucia Mall in KwaZulu-Natal, SuperSpar Sunridge Village in the Eastern Cape and Fruit & Veg City Food Lovers’ Market at The Wedge in Gauteng.

Holding the spotlight, Canal Walk’s Snow marketing campaign by Marketing Concepts won the Spectrum Shopping Centre Marketing Excellence Award 2011, the hotly-contested category which celebrates excellence in shopping centre marketing. 

Regional finalists from KwaZulu-Natal included Sugars The Bitter Truth at Chatsworth Centre and The Pavilion contributes towards the building blocks of education at The Pavilion.

Wonderpark Shopping Centre’s Please donate your Small/Big/Brown/Silver Change represented the Gauteng region.

Western Cape finalists comprised J&B Met 2011 at Cavendish Square, Canal Walk Gets Social and Growsmart undertaken at four Growthpoint Properties’ centres in the province, The Constantia Village, Longbeach Mall, Golden Acre and Middestad Mall.

Making sure that our shopping centres remain attractive and safe are the industry service providers and this year Supercare Cleaning Services cleaned up in the National Service Provider of the Year category and won the Spectrum Award for its services at Paarl Mall.

Other smart finalists in this category included Prestige Cleaning Services at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in KwaZulu-Natal, Marina Landscapers at Fountains Mall in the Eastern Cape and Life Landscapes at Lifestyle Garden Centre in Gauteng.

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