R500m shopping centre for Queenstown

02 Mar 2011

A new R500 million regional shopping mall is to be developed on the N6 Cathcart Road opposite the rapidly emerging area of Komani Park in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

The new R500m regional shopping mall is to be developed in Queenstown on the N6 Cathcart Road opposite the rapidly emerging area of Komani Park in the Eastern Cape.

This was announced by the Eris Property Group whose shareholders include Rand Merchant Bank, Royal Bafokeng Holdings and the Tiso Group which recently merged with Kagiso Holdings.

Phase 1 of the centre, to be known as “Q Mall” will extend to 33 000sqm and offer over 100 shops, including a Checkers supermarket, Edgars and Jet store. CTM will open with a new facility on the site bringing the world of DIY to the mix. Phase 2 plans to offer a further 8 000sqm of retail and entertainment space in future.

Rob Terry, development manager of the project, says that the site’s location between the venerable but overcrowded CBD and the major township of Ezebeleni means that it is ideally situated for all of Queenstown’s shoppers. Its frontage onto the newly upgraded N6 arterial route allows easy access for those using Queenstown as a base from surrounding areas and towns such as Cathcart, Dordrecht and numerous others.

“No longer will people have to drive for two hours to East London for their major shopping. It will all be right here on their doorstep,” says Terry.

The developers are finalising arrangements with other well-known retailers. “The outstanding response from the retail sector reaffirms the strong demand and that the timing is right for a modern, regional shopping facility in Queenstown,” says Ivan Pachonick, director: retail consulting for JHI property services group, which is leasing the project.

The new shopping centre is located immediately opposite the proposed new 15 000sqm government and municipal office precinct at Komani Park, which together with surrounding proposals for 20ha of new affordable housing was recently put out to tender.

Billy Forssman of Eris Property Group says that this is a clear indication of the importance of this area of Queenstown as the growth node for the town. “With a total of over R1 billion being spent here over the next two years we look forward to further developments to ease the pressure on the CBD.”

He says Queenstown’s centre is still largely as it was laid out in the 1800s and “times have changed”.

“There are major difficulties associated with trying to access services as well as shopping there, from parking issues to congested and broken pavements and long walks between different shops. “

This new node, says Forssman, will bring together all the goods, services and government departments in a “single, clean, convenient and easily accessible location”.

Q Mall is being designed by architects Boogertman and Partners in association with ADA Architects. Boogertman were the architects for the ‘Calabash’ design Johannesburg World Cup Stadium and recently completed the new Melrose Arch retail development in Johannesburg, as well as designing uShaka Marine World in Durban and several retail complexes around South Africa.

The centre is due to open in December 2012 in time for Christmas.

For further information contact JHI on 011 9118000 or  send an email.

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