Jozini Mall, which opens in September 2013, will forge a long-awaited retail boost for Jozini in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal. The owner and developer, Greater Atlantic Properties has contracted Retail Network Services to lease this R140m project.
The 17,000 sqm mall is on the main road to the CBD, about 2.5km from the town centre, next to a housing development in one of the most densely populated areas of the region. This ideal position and visibility heighten its attraction to both shops and shoppers.
The mall corrects a large undersupply of retail in this community, which is severely restricted in meeting its daily shopping needs within its own town, as the CBD faces space limits and has not been able to expand with the town's growing population. There is little retail choice and limited national retail in the CBD.
The mall will comprise of 45 shops, anchored by a 3000 sqm Shoprite, matched with a relevant mix of retailers including convenience, furniture and fast food; supported by over 400 parking bays, 36 taxi bays and eight bus bays.
Leading fashion retailers
It also brings over a dozen of South Africa's leading fashion retailers, finally meeting the needs of fashion shoppers of the community. Introducing an array of brands and ranges, the lineup includes Truworths, Identity, Jet, Edgars Active, Pep, Power Fashion and Rage.
National furniture retailers at the mall include Joshua Doore, Ellerines, OK Furniture, Lewis and Barnetts and both Standard Bank and Capitec have committed to the mall.
Gavin Tagg of Retail Network Services explains this small town plays a big role in the region. Synonymous with Lake Jozini, formerly Pongolapoort Dam, it is on the main route to Mozambique and provides a gateway into Maputaland. It has a market of over 42,000 households in its primary and secondary catchment area. Nearly 106,000 people live in the primary catchment area and around 135,000 people stay in the secondary market zone.
"Jozini Mall is an excellent opportunity for a shopping centre development that truly connects this community with desirable, modern retail."
Retail Network Services has a record of successes to its name, including Pan Africa Shopping Centre in Alexandra, Hemingways Mall in East London, Tsakane Mall in Springs, Jabulani Mall and Protea Glen Shopping Centre in Soweto.