Challenge Air­port Plaza will be Big­gest in West: De­vel­op­ers

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The $40 mil­lion Challenge Air­port Plaza to be built near Nadi Air­port in about six months’ time is ex­pected to be the big­gest sin­gle shop­ping com­plex in the Western Di­vi­sion.

The de­vel­op­ers, Challenge Prop­er­ties, un­der the arm of the Challenge Group of Com­pa­nies head by Lau­toka busi­ness­man Suresh Pa­tel said the com­plex would also con­tain ware­houses.

The site ear­marked for the con­struc­tion is along the Queens Road op­po­site the Naisoso Road near Nadi Air­port.

The Challenge Group of Com­pa­nies include Au­tomart, Mo­bile Cranes and Challenge En­gi­neer­ing Limited (which Challenge Prop­er­ties come un­der). Challenge Group of Com­pa­nies Main­te­nance and Fa­cil­i­ties Man­ager Anit Gounder said the new com­plex comes af­ter the open­ing of their Challenge Vo­tualevu Plaza, also in Nadi.

“This will be the big­gest in the western di­vi­sion and will com­prise of ware­houses, of­fice spa­ces, su­per­mar­kets and re­tail out­lets,” Mr Gounder said.

He said the new com­plexes by Challenge Prop­er­ties showed the confidence in Nadi’s econ­omy and the fast growth pace it was presently

go­ing through.

“We will have getting shop­ping malls and smaller re­tail shops with of­fice spa­ces rang­ing from 150 – 160 square.

“Al­to­gether we are look­ing at 42 out­lets in to­tal with 10 ware­houses sit­u­ated at the back of the plaza it­self.”

The en­tire plaza will sit on 3.5 to four acres of land.

“We should be­gin work in six to eight months’ time.”

Mr Gounder said they have al­ready ad­ver­tised for Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est and have al­ready re­ceived some re­sponses, mainly from restau­rants and small re­tail shops. “In­ter­est have been shown by some lead­ing su­per­mar­ket chains but we can­not name them at present.”

“We are try­ing to pro­vide the needs for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of Nadi.”

Mean­while the Challenge Vo­tualevu Plaza with 24 out­lets, each with 115 square space has been booked out.

All 12 of­fice spa­ces on the top floor have been taken by the Fiji Rev­enue and Cus­toms Ser­vices along with three more on the ground level. The rest were taken up In­dia Gate restau­rant (2 out­lets), Jimmy’s Restau­rant, Chicken Ex­press, Grace Roads and Jack’s of Fiji.

The $5 mil­lion com­plex took one and a half years to build and is be­side the ini­tial com­plex which houses New World Su­per­mar­ket and Courts Fiji Limited. Mr Gounder said they have one of the big­gest car parks also with 250 park­ing spa­ces avail­able with 24 hour se­cu­rity.

He added the same was with Challenge Plaza Na­maka.

The com­pany also has prop­er­ties in Suva where ANZ Bank Kal­abu is and the build­ing that houses Mind­pearl and one in Nina Street.

The of­fice spa­ces mea­sure around 1600 squares me­ters with four bigger ones Anit Goundar Challenge Group of Com­pa­nies Main­te­nance and Fa­cil­i­ties Man­ager

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Challenge Plaza Vo­tualevu.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

An Artist’s im­pres­sion of how the Challenge Air­port Plaza will look like.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Anit Gounder, Challenge Group of Com­pa­nies Main­te­nance and Fa­cil­i­ties Man­ager.

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