Maseru Mall clinches high-pro­file ten­ants

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

MASERU Mall has added new high pro­file ten­ants fol­low­ing the shop­ping cen­tre’s on­go­ing re­lo­ca­tion of some busi­nesses from its premises to other lo­ca­tions.

Maseru Mall Cen­tre Manager Baholo Chi­mombe re­vealed that Mul­tichoice, Vo­da­com In­no­va­tion Cen­tre, Botho Uni­ver­sity, El­e­gant Homes and Ma­min­dus Health Care Clinic are among the new busi­nesses that would soon move into the in­te­grated shop­ping mall with 2nd Wave Gym al­ready op­er­a­tional.

Mr Chi­mombe said the com­ing on board of more ten­ants was part of their strat­egy to boost the mall’s busi­ness pro­file which had re­sulted in an 87 per­cent in­crease of the oc­cu­pancy rate last year.

He added that they had also seen the mall’s vis­i­tor traf­fic in­crease by 16 per­cent be­tween Jan­uary 2014 and Jan­uary 2015. He, how­ever, pointed out that the po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity that characterised 2014 stalled their mo­men­tum.

“The process of fill­ing up all the va­cant spa­ces in the mall was slowed down by the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion last year with some in­vestors ex­press­ing re­luc­tance to com­mit them­selves,” Mr Chi­mombe said.

“But we are glad to an­nounce that we re­cently signed up some big com­pa­nies that will be op­er­a­tional shortly af­ter the elec­tion pe­riod.”

He also as­sured cus­tomers that some shops would re­main open dur­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tions on Satur­day, say­ing the de­ci­sion to open or close shops would be made by in­di­vid­ual ten­ants while the mall’s man­age­ment had en­cour­aged all its oc­cu­pants to go and vote.

“We had a staff meet­ing with our ten­ants to dis­cuss the open­ing and closing ar­range­ments dur­ing the elec­tions,” said Mr Chi­mombe.

“We agreed to open on the day of the elec­tions, although it will be a vol­un­tary thing on the ten­ants’ part. So I can­not say which shops in par­tic­u­lar would be open or will be closed, but as man­age­ment, we have en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to go and cast their vote.

“We would like to as­sure our cus­tomers that it will be still safe to visit the mall dur­ing the elec­tion pe­riod and we will main­tain our nor­mal rou­tine with re­gards to trad­ing hours. We re­main mind­ful of the need to of­fer ser­vices to our clients even on elec­tion day.”

Maseru Mall, which is three kilo­me­tres to the south of the cap­i­tal’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, was opened in Novem­ber 2012. It of­fers a cross-sec­tion of depart­ment stores, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, cloth­ing, gro­cery stores, health ser­vices, home wear, restau­rants and line shops among other ser­vices.

MASERU Mall was opened in Novem­ber 2012.

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