The first fully enclosed, double-storey regional mall in the bustling town of Thohoyandou, Limpopo, is set to introduce a wide range of new retailers to its region when it opens on 24 August 2017.
The R1 billion Thavhani Mall will introduce a world-class shopping experience to its prospering trade area.
Poised to become the largest shopping centre in Thohoyandou as well as the greater Thulamela Municipality, the 50,000sqm Thavhani Mall will boast over 134 shops, restaurants and service outlets.
And, many retail brands will open their doors for the first time in Thohoyandou at Thavhani Mall.
New retailers entering the region include Woolworths Food as part of a large Woolworths store, McDonald’s, Mr Price Sport, Hi-Fi Corp, Pep Home, House & Home, The Hub, Rochester, DMF, Torga Optical, D&H Milner, Spur, Panarotti’s, Queenspark, Donna Claire, Mr Price Home, Bogart Man, Green Cross, Sneakers, Hard Hats, Relay and Arthur Ford Perfume.
Seven years ago, local businessman Khosi Ramovha of Thavhani Property Investments had the vision for a regional mall in Thohoyandou. To drive his vision forward, he partnered with pre-eminent South African shopping centre developers and investors, Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment. JSE-listed REIT Vukile Property Fund has also committed to the partnership with a one-third stake in Thavhani Mall that will transfer when the mall is complete.
Thavhani Mall’s anchor tenants will be Woolworths, Edgars, Pick n Pay and SuperSpar. They will be joined by a long and impressive list of popular national retail brands, starting with Foschini, Truworths and Mr Price.
What’s more, retailers will be bringing their A-games to the region, with the latest shop designs and bigger ranges at Thavhani Mall.
Paul Gerard, Managing Director of Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment, a shareholder in Thavhani Property Investments, says: “Thohoyandou is an indisputably attractive trade area, but up to this point there hasn’t been a suitable trading platform for these new brands in the area or for existing brands to expand. Now, with Thavhani Mall, more consumers will be able to satisfy their retail needs locally.”
Besides an impressive list of retail firsts for the region, Thavhani Mall is going to introduce an entirely novel shopping experience to its market.
“It will be the first air-conditioned, double-level modern regional mall that is fully enclosed under one roof. In this spectacular setting, Thavhani Mall will offer its shoppers an exciting variety of retail that is chosen especially for them,” says Gerard.
Highlighting the impact the mall will have on the local economy, Ramovha, who is head of Thavhani Property Investments, says: “Thavhani Mall will give local communities the biggest selection of shopping and leisure retail in the region and offer it in a way they have never before enjoyed. That is only the beginning. The mall is also creating jobs and is expected to boost further development in the area, making it an incredibly important project.”
Thavhani Mall is a key element of the Thavhani City urban precinct mega development that is on the rise across a 27ha site in Thohoyandou.
Thavhani City is a modern mixed-use precinct that will also include the Thavhani Office Park, a motor-city and private healthcare facilities as well as a library, community centre, information centre, and the 40,000-capacity Thohoyandou Stadium.
Further supporting its appealing proposition, Thavhani Mall is easy for shoppers to access, whether they are from Thohoyandou and its surrounds. Well placed on the R524, with direct links to Louis Trichardt to Punda Maria, Thavhani Mall is right on the main crossroads with major north-south links to Sibasa and Giyani respectively.
With all this, it’s no surprise that retailers have made sure to snap up their trading space at Thavhani Mall long before it opens on 24 August 2017. Already, with nine months to go before the landmark new mall welcomes its first shoppers, it is 85% let.