Artist’s impression of the new Burgersfort Mall.
Leading JSE-listed company Resilient Property Income Fund recently announced that it will develop the Burgersfort Mall regional shopping centre in Mpumalanga, scheduled to open in April 2013.
Development started on October 3, and the first phase of this comprehensive and convenient shopping centre will consist of 40 000 m2, with expansion potential of up to 75 000 m2. Burgersfort Mall is to be anchored by Edgars, Game and Shoprite and will have a mix of South Africa’s favourite retailers.
For the first time quality shopping in a first-rate environment will be available to Burgersfort residents in some 90 stores. The mall will serve Burgersfort and surrounds with top-notch shopping on a level not previously experienced in the region, says Johann Kriek, executive director of Resilient.
Resilient is one of the largest retail property investors in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Its investments include shopping centres in Mussina, Tzaneen, Thohoyandou, Mokopane, Burgersfort, Nelspruit and Polokwane. Resilient is also the major owner and co-developer of the recently opened Mall of the North shopping centre which is the largest centre in the northern part of South Africa.
Through its combined investments in these provinces, Resilient has been instrumental in creating thousands of jobs and has become a substantial contributor to the local economies.
Kriek says the site for Burgersfort Mall was acquired in 2007 for the development of a regional shopping centre after Burgersfort was identified as one of the major growth nodes in the country. The mall is on the main intersection of the R37, which runs between Polokwane and Burgersfort, and the R555 which links Steelport to Burgersfort.
The mall’s excellent location makes it extremely accessible for local motorised- and pedestrian shoppers as well as those from neighbouring Steelport and surrounding areas. Getting to Burgersfort Mall is made even more convenient through the centre’s direct access off the R37 and its proximity to the CBD and main taxi rank. Public transport facilities will also be provided for at the centre and improvements to the surrounding roads will be an integrated part of the development.
Kriek says the development of Burgersfort Mall has received robust support from the local council.
“The enclosed Burgersfort Mall will be a differentiated shopping environment that will provide a boost to the local economy by retaining local consumer spend in Burgersfort. This will mitigate the current consumer spend outflows the town is experiencing due to the lack of retail offering.
“Set to meet the underserviced needs of local consumers, the Burgersfort Mall has also enjoyed a positive reception from retailers that want to be closer to their customers in the region, in a top shopping environment.
“Burgersfort Mall is set to open up the retail horizons of Burgersfort and stimulate the local economy,” says Kriek.
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