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Sod turning ceremony marks start of Heidelberg Mall development
By SA Commercial Prop News
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An innovative joint venture in Heidelberg between the Lesedi Council and private developers is bringing not only a new regional shopping centre to the town, but R600 million in capital investment and up to 1,200 permanent jobs.
The 35,000m² Heidelberg Mall is being developed by Flanagan & Gerard, one of South Africa’s leading shopping centre developers. Flanagan & Gerard is a co-owner of the mall. The company’s investment and involvement was facilitated by Marble Gold (Pty) Ltd, the joint venture partner of the Lesedi Council.

“Heidelberg Mall will be not only a regional retail destination, but also en economic catalyst for the wider region,” says Buti Mokoena, the local businessman who heads up Marble Gold.



The location of the site fulfils all the fundamental criteria for the development of a regional shopping centre. The site is at the South West quadrant of the Jacobs Road interchange which is the major access to Heidelberg from the N3 with Jacobs Street additionally functioning as the primary link to Nigel which town falls within the centre’s primary trade area. The site also enjoys significant exposure to the N3 Toll Road, Groenkloof Road and Jacobs Street, Heidelberg.

“The site is exceptional and will draw shoppers not only from Heidelberg, but also Nigel, Balfour, Greylingstad, Villiers and surrounding farming communities, as well as act as an interceptor for traffic passing on the N3,” explains Flanagan & Gerard executive director Patrick Flanagan.

The development is located and designed to complement the existing Heidelberg CBD.



Because of the regional status of the project, adds Flanagan, the developers are working with a team of top architects: with local Heidelberg firm VDM Architects partnering with MDS Architects, the specialist retail architects responsible for Sandton City and Eastgate and a great number of South Africa’s premier shopping centres.

Scheduled to open for trade in October 2014, construction on the mall kicks off in July this year.

In keeping with the role of Heidelberg Mall as a catalytic project, the development is intended to generate both short-term and long-term benefits for the local community.

“Our forecasts indicate that 700-800 construction jobs will be created by the mall development, with 80 percent of those filled by local workers,” Mokoena explains.

“We anticipate that the mall will also create 800-1200 permanent positions, excluding any seasonal, part-time jobs.”

Security, cleaning and maintenance services for the completed mall will be secured from local service-providers, generating unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the area.

Furthermore, the developers are committed to building material resourcing and the appointment of sub-contractors from the local community wherever possible.

Transparency and communication are a high priority for the joint venture partners.

Local businessman and a director of Marble Gold, Jaco Coetzer will facilitate liaison between the developers and the Lesedi Council and a facilitator has likewise been appointed to ensure clear communication between the community, the developers, owners and the main contractor.

Source: SA Commercial Prop News
 

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R600 MILLION HEIDELBERG MALL TO OPEN IN OCTOBER
PROPERTYWHEEL — 18/09/2014


An aerial shot of construction on the new R600 million Heidelberg Mall, which spans 35,000sqm and will officially open on 23 October 2014.

The much anticipated opening of the R600 million Heidelberg Mall is on schedule for next month, with top-notch shopping and entertainment set to launch to shoppers, all under one stylish roof.

The 35,000sqm regional Heidelberg Mall is developed by leading national shopping centre developers and investors, Flanagan & Gerard Developments, together with local partners Dissilio Investments. It will officially open on 23 October 2014, bringing a complete, quality and convenient shopping experience right to the doorsteps of Heidelberg residents.

“The excitement is building as Heidelberg Mall nears completion and prepares a grand welcome for shoppers,” says Flanagan & Gerard executive director Patrick Flanagan. “Heidelberg Mall will bring contemporary, convenient shopping to the area that compares favourably with leading malls anywhere in the world. It is designed to be an asset to the region’s consumers and boost the local economy.”

Heidelberg Mall benefits from a prime location at corner of Jacobs Road (R42) and Retief Road. This gives it superb visibility and excellent access for local shoppers. With its position at the Jacobs Road interchange of the N3 highway and its own dedicated on- and off-ramp from the R42, it also offers ideal regional access for Nigel, Balfour, Greylingstad, Villiers and surrounds.

All this makes it easy to pop in to Heidelberg Mall, and visitors will also enjoy free open-air parking.

Jaco M.J. Coetzer, of Dissilio Investments, explains: “Until now, many greater Heidelberg residents left town to do their shopping in larger malls around Johannesburg. This will change with the opening of Heidelberg Mall, which will help keep retail spend in the area and boost the local economy. Importantly, the mall is located and designed to complement the existing Heidelberg CBD, so it will enhance retail choice in the wider area.”

The benefits of the mall’s development have already been recognised by other businesses, showing that Heidelberg Mall is set to be a catalyst for the development of a major commercial hub for the region, community and commuters. A VW dealership opened adjacent to the mall last year.

Adding to its appeal is its retail tenant mix that is tailored to the local market, which comprises approximately 80% middle- to higher-income households.

With an exceptional retail line-up that is tailored to meet local shoppers’ daily needs, and keep them in touch with the latest trends, Heidelberg Mall features an impressive line-up of anchor tenants, comprising Checkers, Game and Woolworths.

This stylish mall has strong fashion variety from Edgars, Ackermans, Fashion World, Foschini, Identity, Ismail’s, Jam Clothing, Jet, Markham, Milady’s, Mr Price, Pandora, Platina Fashion, Pep, Pick ‘n Pay Clothing and Truworths. It will also offer footwear from Rage, Solo Shoes and Tekkie Town, as well as jewellery and accessories from American Swiss, Findings and NWJ.

Making it easy to look good and feel great, Heidelberg Mall will feature Dis-Chem and Clicks as well as Barber Shop, Jewel @ Skin, Obey your body, Princess Hair Salon, Sorbet, Signature Cosmetics and Ralo Cosmetics. It will also offer optometric services from Torga Optical and Value Vision.

Heidelberg Mall dishes up a delicious menu of restaurants and cafes. Shoppers can chose from Cappucino’s, Mugg & Bean, Nino’s, Ocean Basket and Wimpy. For food-on-the-go, there’s also Big Al’s, Debonairs, Delhi Delicious, Fishaways, Idelic, King Pie, London Pie, Mochachos, Mzansi Shisa, Sausage Saloon, Smooch and Steers.

With fun and entertainment aplenty, Heidelberg Mall will provide games, goodies and gadgets from BT Games, Incredible Connection, Matrix Warehouse, Blades & Triggers, The Noise and Toys R Us. There’s also cell phones, tablets and accessories from Cell C, MTN and Vodacom. Heidelberg Mall will bring a new chapter in shopping to its community with PNA and Bargain Books.

Banking is a breeze at Heidelberg Mall with Absa, African Bank, FNB, Nedbank, Capitec and Old Mutual as well as ATMs from Standard Bank. It also adds ease to everyday tasks with Levingers, Cartridge Depot and Postnet.

A thrill for everyone who enjoys sports and the outdoors, the latest gear is available from Cross Trainer, Cape Union Mart, Drimac, Old Khaki, Sport Scene and Trappers Trading.

For the home, shoppers can enjoy Crazy Plastics, Mr Price Home, Pep Home, Sheet Street and The Bed Shop. Heidelberg Mall also provides specialist shopping from Brooklyn Biltong, Cuba Tobacconist, Crazy Store, Flowerline, Platteland Biltong, Sweets & More, Van CI and Vet Smart.

Besides excellent retail variety and a superb location, Heidelberg Mall also creates an inspiring and enjoyable environment. It boasts a first-rate design by local VDM Architects in partnership with award-winning specialist retail architects MDS Architecture.

Source: The Property Wheel
 
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