Nightshift revamp reduces centre trade

Posted On Thursday, 03 September 2009 02:00 Published by
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Scheduled for completion in late 2011, this R1.77 billion first phase will include an extensive refurbishment of the interior of the iconic super-regional shopping centre, as well as bringing a further 30,000sqm of retail space on-stream, bringing total retail space to 131,000sqm

All this is being achieved with minimal interruption to Sandton City’s unique shopping experience.

“We are exited about the current developments underway at Sandton City,” says Sharon Swain, Centre Manager.  “Although this is a major project, all measures have been taken to ensure that shoppers and visitors to Sandton City will not be inconvenienced by the construction.”

All major works in the centre are undertaken at night between 11pm and 6am, and only minor works are undertaken during the day. Furthermore, the refurbishment of the existing malls has been planned in sections to ensure that the entire centre is not disturbed by the activity.

“As important as achieving the goals of the refurbishment is ensuring a viable environment for retailers and a seamless shopping experience for customers,” explains Swain. She adds that, as a result of the nocturnal work strategy, each morning brings with it the exciting progress of a new section being completed as the work is rolled-out throughout the centre.

In addition to burning the midnight oil to ensure that daytime shopping is a breeze, Sandton City has clearly demarcated areas of refurbishment activity. Alternative parking and pedestrian entrances have been identified with signage throughout the centre clearly communicating all the necessary information to visitors.  

The Sandton City complex is owned by Liberty Group (75%) and Pareto Limited (25%). The centre is managed by Liberty Properties and the development is managed by Liberty Property Development.

Liberty Property Developments is expanding and improving Sandton City Shopping Centre to enhance its leading position as the world-class, unrivalled shopping and rendezvous destination for millions of local and international visitors as well as leading global and South African retail brands. This is the first phase of a broader vision for the repositioning of the centre.

“Sandton City has always defined the cutting edge of retail property in South Africa and the repositioning project is set to continue this legacy,” says Swain.

Publisher: eProp
Source: LLP/Pareto

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