Countdown to opening

Boardwalk Mall is ready to open on September 22Foto:

Boardwalk Mall is ready to open on September 22Foto:
W ITH three months until Boardwalk Mall’s official opening, the development is comfortably on track to open fully-let, bringing the best shopping, leisure and entertainment South Africa has to offer to Gqeberha.

The construction of the 24 000m² single-level Boardwalk Mall is 80% complete and forging ahead. After preparing to commence work in February 2020, demolition and bulk earthworks were finally able to get underway from February to April 2021, and construction began in May 2021. True to the development’s deep commitment to creating local employment and opportunities, 87% of the labour on site is local.

Boardwalk Mall in the Eastern Cape is a major development by Flanagan & Gerard Group and Emfuleni Resorts, a subsidiary of Sun International (JSE: SUI). The R500 million project builds on the success and strong community roots of the landmark Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World.

Boardwalk Mall is an extension and upgrade of the Boardwalk Precinct and is more than doubling the retail space in the precinct.

The first phase of Boardwalk Mall opened on March 24, 2022, and the grand opening is on track for September 22, 2022.

“Boardwalk Mall is a retail and lifestyle powerhouse,” said Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard.

The mall is introducing the first Checkers, Woolworths Food and Dis-Chem stores to the Summerstrand area while also providing all the convenience and choice of a Pick n Pay and Clicks and the very latest cinema upgrade from NuMetro.

Patrons can look forward to style from Sport­scene, Totalsports, Ripcurl, Queenspark, Senqu, American Swiss, Exact, Refinery, Legit and Side Step. Boardwalk Mall will also serve up the much-loved menus of Spur, Steers, Debonairs, Fishaways, and Wimpy. Its McDonalds Drive Thru will also open on September 22.

Boardwalk Mall’s banking line-up includes ABSA, Capitec, FNB and Nedbank.

The Boardwalk Mall philosophy is all about keeping it local. Providing a small taste of its signature style, the first phase of the mall spotlighted local independent retail talent when it opened in March this year.

Already well supported by the community, local concepts include Hello! It’s Me, Bem Vindo, Friesland Milk Bar, Shark Rock Tattoos, Village Hardware and Paco Taco. Hombakazi and Larpelo Eyewear are local fashionistas who have both opened in the mall to complement their established countrywide online presence.

More local and independent retail highlights are coming in the mall’s main phase, including home-grown labels MaXhosa with their South African branded high-end fashion, BohoGirl and Obriani. Proudly independent South African brands joining the mall include the brother-and-sister duo making new food-waves in the city, including The Balkan Burger & Deli, Gussies Stationers for independent stationery, homeware from @home, as well as the Cape Town brand Yokico, for unique and funky children’s school accessories.

Main phase retailers are already preparing their Boardwalk Mall stores to welcome customers. The mall is 98% let, with only five shops available to lease, earmarked for retailers in categories including camping/outdoor, kids’ accessories, high-end dining, toys, and electronics/tech.

“Unique in many ways, Boardwalk Mall offers guests so much more than its retail and restaurants because it is located in the Boardwalk Precinct and connects seamlessly with the city and its beaches,” noted Gerard.

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