The new Kumasi City Mall in Ghana’s city of Kumasi will open on 20 April 2017. It is leading property developer and investor Atterbury’s fourth successful retail development in Ghana.
Atterbury’s first trio of prior successful developments in the country are all in Ghana’s capital, Accra: Accra Mall, Westhills Mall, and Achimota Mall.
The world-class 18 500 sqm modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 sqm expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop environment with shopping and entertainment under one roof when it opens next month.
While the mall’s public opening is in April, its formal launch will take place in early May 2017, in the presence of the King of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Asantehene.
Atterbury is developing Kumasi City Mall for its owners and, AttAfrica has been appointed asset manager and is responsible for its day-to-day running and operations.
Cobus van Heerden, of Atterbury Property Development, says: “This is the first big development we have undertaken in Kumasi, and it has been an absolute pleasure doing business here.”
He adds: “We are optimistic about Ghana and Kumasi City Mall, notwithstanding the challenging economic context in West Africa and competition. There’s a growing positive feeling about Ghana in the market. With its new president, there is also renewed confidence and positive sentiment about Ghana. Kumasi City Mall is perfectly timed for this upsurge in confidence.”
Virtually fully let, Kumasi City Mall’s anchor tenants are Shoprite and Walmart brand Game, with the new shopping centre supporting the growth of both retailers in the region.
Its retail mix includes food, convenience, banking, services, fashion, electronics and a cinema, club and children’s games for entertainment, with a long list of local retail names.
The mall’s tenant mix and architecture combine to create a unique setting, perfectly matched to the shopping trends of the local Ashanti, as well as visitors to the region.
Kumasi Mall is enclosed on either end, with a semi-enclosed food court at its heart.
“It’s exceptionally strong food court serves as an excellent third anchor. It responds to the outgoing and social nature of the people of Kumasi by offering a vibrant dining and entertainment space with generous seating and shaded areas,” explains van Heerden.
With superb access from the Eastern Bypass of the city’s main ring road, Kumasi City Mall is nestled between the dual carriageway Lake Road, Hudson Road, Yaa Asantewa Road, and Kofi Adomako Street.
It has a prominent road frontage, generous undercover and on-grade parking, and is accessible from both a specially created slip lane off Lake Road and at its intersection with Hudson Road. There’s also a large taxi drop-off and pick-up facility right in front of the mall.
The word ‘Kumasi’ means flower, which is portrayed in the mall’s logo. True to its name, this retail asset has blossomed over its 24-month development period, making a positive impact in its community, bringing opportunities for employment and giving a boost to the local economy.
Designed in a joint venture between South African architect practice Boogertman + Partners and Ghanaian practice MultiCAD, the mall incorporates steel, concrete, and wood, in an elegant design inspired by an African tree, which branches out to create a roof canopy. Together, its many different tree-shaped columns create a forest, illuminated by plenty of natural light from beautiful African skies.
“Kumasi City Mall’s leading design is inspired by its setting, which makes it an asset to be proud of,” says van Heerden.
All firms in Kumasi City Mall’s professional team operated with local partners for the delivery of professional services. The mall’s development and construction has boosted jobs in the area and will continue to do so as part of its ongoing operation.
“We are incredibly proud of Kumasi City Mall and we are confident that it will make a real difference for its community,” notes van Heerden.
Another two Atterbury shopping centre developments in sub-Saharan Africa are set to open in the next six months. In partnership with Tradehold Africa, Atterbury is developing the 7 000 sqm Pemba Shopping in Mozambique that is set to open in June. In partnership with Safland International, Atterbury is also developing the 27 000 sqm Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, that is scheduled to open in October this year.