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Ferndale on Republic is Randburg’s new shopping destination

06 Nov 2019

As lead developers, Moolman Group have given the landscape of shopping a complete overhaul with the redevelopment and expansion of Ferndale on Republic, previously known as Brightwater Commons, in Randburg.

The repositioning of Ferndale on Republic, previously known as Brightwater Commons, is evident through the architecture, tenant mix and marketing strategy.

Pieter Lombard, CEO of Moolman Group says: “This project, in contrast to previous endeavours, is a complete redevelopment which focuses, amongst others, on community. The new Ferndale on Republic is almost unrecognisable; totally repositioned to benefit retailers and shoppers alike and managed with attention to detail.”

This mixed-use development that is undertaken by Moolman Group, in partnership with PHG Group and Braam van Huyssteen, is set to improve sustainability and holds approximately 53 000m² in total gross lettable area (GLA). Roughly 23 000m² of the GLA will be used for the community shopping centre.

Furthermore 12 000m² has been dedicated to office and studio space for Urban Brew Studios, which forms part of the Kagiso Media Group, a well-respected South African television production company that produces shows like Wedding Bashers, The Voice SA, Idols SA and more. Their new studios include trendy office space for their staff, 10 television production studios, dedicated audio post-production and music compilation facilities.

In total, the centre will host more than 90 stores, with anchor tenants such as Pick n Pay, Checkers, Clicks, Dis-Chem, Food Lover’s Market and Ignite Gym.

Following staggered openings that started in March (phase 1 of the new community shopping centre), the opening of Food Lover’s Market in July and with the remainder of the community shopping centre and restaurant and value retail node launched in August, Ferndale on Republic will be in full bloom in November 2019.

It now boasts upmarket aesthetics and upgraded security that consists of 120 CCTV security cameras to ensure its shoppers’ safety at all times. Additional security features include controlled boom-operated entrances and exits with spikes, a Snipr automatic number plate recognition system that is linked to the CCTV system (consisting of full HIK vision and thermal imaging cameras), armed response units coupled with the community police forum (CPF), regular site visits by the SAPS, and weekly simulation-based training of security guards.

In total, the centre will host more than 90 stores, notable anchor tenants such as Pick n Pay, Checkers, Clicks, Dis-Chem, Food Lover’s Market and Ignite Gym, making it the Randburg community’s first choice for convenient shopping.

The tenant mix is complemented by stores like PNA, Crazy Plastics, Baby Boom, Crazy Pets, and clothing and shoe stores such as Quiksilver, Mr Price, Milady’s, Froggie Footwear, Mr Price Sport, Eagle Clothing, Studio 88, Kingsmead Shoes, PEP, Tekkie Town, Adidas and Shoe City. The centre has also welcomed back familiar favourites such as Spur, Pep, Ackermans, and Pick n Pay Clothing.

It now boasts upmarket aesthetics and upgraded security that consists of 120 CCTV security cameras to ensure its shoppers’ safety at all times.

Speciality retailers include UFO Furniture, Volpes, Outdoor Warehouse, Overland, Cash Converters, Sleepmasters, Body20, The Crazy Store, Absolute Pets, Tobacco Town, Torga Optical, Cell C, MTN, Chatz Cellular, Studio Moma, Alasanti Body Sense, Lychee, Home Stuff, My Cell, Brightwater Locksmith, Rochester, Jack’s Paint & Hardware, Crazy Pets, LED Lighting Design, Liquor City, Vorwerk, Royal Thai Spa, Curves, Beard Boys, Spectacle Hut, Unlockd, Chrome Supplements, Checkers Liquor, Pick n Pay Liquor, PostNet, Remax, Incredible Connection, Sheet Street and Bargain Books.

The centre features an impressive restaurant and takeaway offering with the likes of Panarotti’s, Ocean Basket, Romans Pizza, The Daily Coffee, Mugg & Bean, Mochachos, Moroccan Café, Seattle Coffee Co, Yasong, Spicy Den, Chicken Licken, King Pie, Sandwich Baron, Brooklyn Biltong, Tuc n Tap and Bootlegger Coffee Co.

Banking convenience is offered by Absa, Capitec Bank, FNB and Nedbank branches.

The architectural design of the project allows for simple and logical movement patterns, resulting in an easy-to-navigate shopping experience. The overall stylish simplicity is further complemented by the new functional parking area, situated in the heart of the development.

The devotion to reposition Ferndale on Republic is evident through the architecture, tenant mix and marketing strategy. “We are confident that our calculated efforts will get rid of past undesirable perceptions and restore Ferndale on Republic as a landmark in Randburg” says Lombaard.

Ferndale on Republic is set not only to offer residents of Randburg a beautiful new shopping destination, but to bring family and friends together as a community in a safe and convenient centre.

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