Largest mall in Mauritius opening Q3 2011

Posted On Monday, 13 September 2010 02:00 Published by
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The Mall of Mauritius at Bagatelle is scheduled to open in September 2011, just in time for the peak tourist season next year. With a retail space of 32,000sqm the centre will be the largest in Mauritius

The project is a joint venture between ENL Property and Atterbury Property Developments and will be jointly leased by local property managers Foresite and leading South African property company Broll.

“The first phase of the project will take another year to complete at a total of Rs3.4 billion” says Dave Bennie, retail-leasing director Broll. “The shopping centre was first commissioned because even with 1.2 million residents, Mauritius still had no regional mall.”

The mall will be ideally located adjacent to a major motorway in the heart of the island between the capital Port Louis and the newly developing Cyber City. It’ll be within walking distance of the University of Mauritius and close to the affluent suburb of Moka, making it perfectly positioned to attract visitors.
The 10km radius around the mall is one of the most densely populated areas on the island, and home to approximately 530,000 people – almost half of the entire Mauritian population. Developers project that in addition to this local source of income, tourists will bring in an average spend of R15,712 per person.

“Bagatelle is set to become the Indian Ocean's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination,” says Bennie. With approximately 1 million tourists visiting Mauritius annually, and the number projected to double by 2015, the Mall of Mauritius at Bagatelle will be perfectly positioned to profit from the budding local economy. “The mall will be the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean and the perfect extension of the colourful indulgence Mauritius is so well-known for.”

The mall will boast six cinemas, 150 shops, 2,500 parking bays and will be open seven days a week.
The centre will offer everything from exotic luxuries to everyday necessities.

Top South African retailers will also be there including Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem, Truwoths, Identity, Ocean Basket, Nandos, Steers, KFC, Debonairs, Billabong and Mug and Bean. While the Platinum Group will bring popular SA designer brands such as Jenni Button, Aca Joe and Hilton Weiner to the premier mall.
“Popular US retailers will also be available to shoppers,” says Dave Bennie. “We’ve secured tenants such as the high fashion brand Hugo Boss and the US sports store giant City Sports. Leaseholders will also include quality local suppliers, like the Mauritian furniture retailer Vivere Living.”  Vivere sources natural pieces from exotic locations like China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bali, Singapore, Europe and Madagascar.

With 35-years experience in the property management of centres such as Southgate Mall, Cresta Shopping Centre and Northgate Mall in Johannesburg, it’s not surprising Broll Retail will play an important role in bringing the perfect tenant mix to the Mall of Mauritius. The company has an impressive history of helping clients develop their business interests throughout the continent.

“The Mall of Mauritius will possess a multi-cultural atmosphere with a real tropical ‘sense of ease’ that caters to both local and tourist markets,” notes Bennie. “The centre will offer a host of shopping experiences, including entertainment, destination department stores, specialty food and beverage shops with a lifestyle food court and even retail business offices.”

Ultimately the development will expand to include large-scale businesses, hotels, schools, residential, educational and civic land components. “The design of the mall has provided for a 150-bed international hotel to be built next to the centre. This will offer the kind of synergy between hotels and shopping centres that has proven so successful in Dubai,” says Dave Bennie.

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