^^my recent trip to Nairobi...I checked out Westgate Mall. Surprisingly, I took a photo of basement, some guard runs up to me and stops me taking photos and then I enter the mall...I take another photo, again same guard runs to me to stop me! Strange!
The Westgate Mall is set to re-open in May, about 20 months after the dreadful terror attack that left 67 people dead and scores injured.
A two-phase reconstruction of the high-end mall started late last year and is expected to end in the next four months, people familiar with the matter said.
Businesses on the first floor will open their doors to the public in May, but the anchor tenant, Nakumatt Supermarket, will have to wait longer for its space to be fully renovated.
“We understand that the first phase may be opening in May. They are doing renovation in phases. The second phase may take longer,” said the managing director of Nakumatt Holdings, Atul Shah.
Sony Holdings Ltd owns the mall, where a commando-style terror attack by Shabaab militants in September 2013 captured global attention.
Artcaffe, a high-end coffee shop that operated from the first floor of the mall, is among businesses expected to re-open after the first phase of renovation.