Vanderbijlpark centre extended

12 Oct 2010

Although the outlook for the commercial property market is bleak – particularly in the main centres of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg – there are parts of the country where new centres are being built to cater for the regional shopping trends in smaller centres.

One such project is underway at Vanderbijlpark on the site of the Bedworth Centre where a new 51,000 sq m shopping centre – with 50 stores including Pick n Pay, Builders Warehouse and Makro – is going up on the corner of Ascot-on-Vaal and Barrage Roads.

The Bedworth Centre was bought by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and East and West Investments and is being extended by 15,000 sq m that will be added to the existing 35,000 sq m of space in the redeveloped retail shopping centre.

Opposite the Bedworth Centre, Makro is putting up a 16,500 sq m store where a Shell filling station is soon to be developed. On the site there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

John Rowberry of Flanagan & Gerard claims the Bedworth Centre is a landmark in the area and will be even more popular once the new stores such as Jam Clothing, Tekkie Town, Mugg and Bean, Fish and Chip Company and Rage open their doors towards the end of October.

He says that the new stores will provide much needed jobs in the depressed Vanderbijlpark region. “Residents in the town will no longer have to travel to Johannesburg to do their value shopping at stores such as Makro,” he says.

Bedworth Centre is expected to attract shoppers from nearby Vereeniging, Sasolburg and Parys as well as from Boipatong, Evaton and Roshnee. Sharpville is within walking distance of the new centre.  

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Although the outlook for the commercial property market is bleak – particularly in the main centres of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg – there are parts of the country where new centres are being built to cater for the regional shopping trends in smaller centres.

One such project is underway at Vanderbijlpark on the site of the Bedworth Centre where a new 51,000 sq m shopping centre – with 50 stores including Pick n Pay, Builders Warehouse and Makro – is going up on the corner of Ascot-on-Vaal and Barrage Roads.

The Bedworth Centre was bought by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and East and West Investments and is being extended by 15,000 sq m that will be added to the existing 35,000 sq m of space in the redeveloped retail shopping centre.

Opposite the Bedworth Centre, Makro is putting up a 16,500 sq m store where a Shell filling station is soon to be developed. On the site there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

John Rowberry of Flanagan & Gerard claims the Bedworth Centre is a landmark in the area and will be even more popular once the new stores such as Jam Clothing, Tekkie Town, Mugg and Bean, Fish and Chip Company and Rage open their doors towards the end of October.

He says that the new stores will provide much needed jobs in the depressed Vanderbijlpark region. “Residents in the town will no longer have to travel to Johannesburg to do their value shopping at stores such as Makro,” he says.

Bedworth Centre is expected to attract shoppers from nearby Vereeniging, Sasolburg and Parys as well as from Boipatong, Evaton and Roshnee. Sharpville is within walking distance of the new centre.  

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