Walvis Bay gets ready to welcome Dunes Mall

Walvis Bay gets ready to welcome Dunes Mall

Artist’s impression of Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, which is due to open in October 2017.

A desert oasis of shopping and entertainment for the people of Walvis Bay, the new 27 500m2 Dunes Mall, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open to shoppers on October 26.

Developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, and in partnership with local developer, Tradehold, the new R500 million mall is in the key Namibian port city, providing residents with a quality regional shopping centre.

“The fact that this is the first regional shopping centre in Walvis Bay, says it all. We have designed and built a shopping centre that would stand out anywhere. The design and finishes are of a high quality and there will be no need for locals to leave Walvis anymore, with a quality shopping centre on their doorstep,” says development manager for Atterbury, Evert Kleynhans.

Walvis Bay is currently enjoying substantial growth, with significant investment being made in its port. The mall responds to this and is well-positioned to meet retailer and consumer demand.

Dunes Mall benefits from a prime location at a major road intersection close to the city’s airport and the tourism area of Swakopmund, providing a comprehensive variety of shopping and entertainment for Walvis Bay residents and visitors, as well as people from throughout Namibia’s greater Erongo region.

The centre is anchored by a 3 500m2 Checkers, a 2 700m2 Pick n Pay and a 1 700m2 Woolworths. Adding to the mix is a 1 500m2 Dis-Chem and a 1 800m2 House and Home. Fashion retailers are well represented with retail offerings from Cotton On, Truworths, the Mr Price Group, Foschini Group and Pepkor Group.

Dunes Mall will also feature a food court with a children’s play area and a fountain in the middle of the centre. Dining options will include Spur, John Dory’s, Mugg & Bean and Col’Cacchio, all with ample outdoor seating areas.

The mall will be managed by Atterbury, and is the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia after The Grove Mall of Namibia – also developed and managed by Atterbury.

“Dunes Mall is expected to be a catalyst for even more development and investment in the area. On completion there will be around 80 shops, all of which will be employing local people, creating a very positive impact on the local population,” Kleynhans says.

“Atterbury has a reputation as a leading South African property investor and developer, but is also in a position to deliver a development like this to the community of Walvis Bay, outside of South Africa’s borders. Developing property on the rest of the African continent comes with a specific set of challenges, and our experience in countries like Mauritius, Ghana and Mozambique gives us an advantage.”