Aerial of Ballito Junction Regional Mall
Left to right: Carl Jankowitz, Director Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings and Patrick Flanagan, Joint-Chairman of Flanagan & Gerard.
It just gets bigger and bigger and Ballito residents must be delighted by it. It is Ballito Junction and this week the owners said Checkers was the latest leading retailer to confirm it will open in the mall.This latest tenant sign up will see the redeveloped mall growing to eight times its current size.
Ballito Junction’s sixth anchor tenant, Checkers, joins new additions Woolworths, Edgars and Game and its existing anchors Pick n Pay and Dis-Chem.
The new mall will open in March 2017. Owned and developed by the consortium of accomplished South African property companies, Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings and Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment, Ballito Junction Regional Mall is the major expansion of an existing 10,000m2 shopping centre.
The expansion project was set to grow the mall to a sizeable 65,000m2. Now, by adding Checkers, Ballito Junction will increase in size to 80,000m2. In addition, the owners of Ballito Junction are increasing their investment in the development from R1.4- billion to R1.6-billion.
Patrick Flanagan, Joint-Chairman of Flanagan & Gerard, said the plans for Ballito Junction originally sought to develop a regional mall. Now, with Checkers, it will function as the dominant super-regional mall in its area. “Ballito Junction’s new, bigger size and added retail variety gives it greater market traction and boosts its appeal across a wider market,” says Flanagan.
Carl Jankowitz, director at Menlyn Maine said: “The addition of Checkers to Ballito Junction is significant in that it creates a meaningful consolidation of retail in Ballito in one magnificent world-class mall.” A confident response to the growth of thriving Ballito and KwaZulu-Natal North Coast region, Ballito Junction is set to change the face of shopping and entertainment for the local residents.
Developers say it will introduce an unparalleled mix of leading retail and leisure choices and is also expecting to trade on its location close to King Shaka International Airport. The mall’s 130-store shopping variety will also feature an appealing array of international brands, independent retailers and family entertainment, to complement its powerful line-up of popular national retailers.
The large expansion project is making excellent progress, the owners said. Earthworks began in March last year. The existing mall, which continues to trade, still notches up strong sales, the owners said in a statement. As part of the redevelopment, there is an overhaul and modernization of existing stores like Pick n Pay.