Blue Route Mall project on track for launch of new cen­tre in 2012

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE R850 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment of Blue Route Mall is pro­gress­ing steadily and was more than 20 per­cent com­plete at the end of last month.

The Tokai re­tail cen­tre is owned by Foun­tain­head Prop­erty Trust and man­aged by Broll Prop­erty Man­age­ment.

The project has been di­vided into four phases.

The first phase started in April and in­volved the de­mo­li­tion of a por­tion of the ex­ist­ing cen­tre.

Ex­ist­ing ten­ants were tem­po­rar­ily housed in an ad­di­tional wing that was added at en­trance two in July. All de­mo­li­tion work has been com­pleted and the bulk ex­ca­va­tion for the base­ment park­ing is al­ready well un­der way.

Phase two was started in Oc­to­ber and en­tailed the con­struc­tion of the new cen­tre, while trad­ing con­tin­ues at the re­main­ing por­tion of the mall.

A new mall ex­ten­sion to Check­ers Hyper has been open for busi­ness since the be­gin­ning of last month, and in­cludes two new pub­lic toi­lets.

A walk­way links Check­ers Hyper to Wool­worths to en­sure the cen­tre re­mains con­ve­nient and com­fort­able for all shop­pers, says Wendy Rad­ford of Broll Prop­erty Man­age­ment, the Blue Route Mall cen­tre man­ager. “An ex­tra 700 un­der­cover park­ing bays will be avail­able in July, push­ing the to­tal num­ber of park­ing bays avail­able to cus­tomers to 1 500.

“Leases that have been se­cured for the new mall are t h e P e p ko r G r o u p, w h i c h in­cludes Ack­er­mans, Pep, Shoe City, Jay Jays and Hang Ten; t h e E d c o n G r o u p, w h i c h in­cludes Jet, Edgars and CNA; the Fos­chini Group, which in­cludes @Home, Ex­act, Sterns, Fashion Ex­press, Fos­chini Em­po­rium, Don­naClaire, Markham, Amer­i­can Swiss and Ma­trix, as well as To­tal­sports and Sportscene; the Tru­worths Group (Tru­worths and Iden­tity); and in­de­pen­dent stores such as Har­ris and D’Arcy Jewellers, Dis-Chem Phar­macy and Sheet Street.”

The launch of the new mall, set to be com­plete in 2012, has seen a pro­fes­sional team of 14 com­pa­nies work­ing an es­ti­mated two mil­lion man-hours to com­plete the devel­op­ment.

CON­STRUC­TION SITE: The R850 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment of Blue Route Mall has been di­vided into four phases. The first phase – the de­mo­li­tion of part of the build­ing – is com­plete, and phase two is now un­der way.

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