Groove Mall, the biggest shopping complex to come to Namibia is well on course to open its doors less than a year from today.
Safland Properties Service Namibia Managing Director Van Jaarsveld Desmond says the Groove will be a world class shopping mall with a wide range of international and national brands providing the customer not only with a variety of products but also with shoppertainment all in a stress free environment.
Van Jaarsveld adds that the revolutionary mall was designed after retail and research studies have shown that there is a need for additional retailers and brand variety in Windhoek, including retail tourism.
The two level mall which will have a three level parking has already created employment of over 650 jobs while 1200 will be created once it is all functional.
The 53000 square metre malls situated next to the popular wholesaler Trade Centre in Kleine Kuppe and will be the first regional mall that incorporates an open activity square and events arena.
Architects Boogertman and Partners, together with Howard and Chamberlain, have developed the architecture to reflect scenes from the natural environment typically found in Namibia.
Therefore, the wavy dunes manifests itself as meandering lines from shops to shop, instead of the conventional straight lines, as well as through the shapes of the walkways and the exterior cladding to the facade.
The earthy desert colours get reflected in the floor tiling through the use of natural stone and natural light will be introduced o the main vertical circulation areas through focused roofs, supported by 15m high columns resembling an indigenous tree with a flat canopy.
Klein Kuppe was chosen because it is strategic to the Western bypass which connects the North and South of the country.
One of the challenges run by the property developers is the recent dry climate which result in a lot of dust in the area under construction, says Van Jaarsveld.
“We are however trying to contain the dust with trucks spraying water when the wind is reaching a certain speed.”
The grove will be the first mall to feature the first real food court in Namibia with restaurants and fast food outlets spilling over to the outside seating, while the large open court will entice children of all ages with a unique water feature.
New retailers such as Vertigi, Urban, Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, ACA Joe, Cotton On, Otto Muir and Forever New are to open at the mall and Safland has a long list waiting to sign in.
More shops to be found at the mall include Woolworths, checkers, Game, Superspar, Sportsmans Warehouse and Outdoor Warehouse, Vertigo, Toys r Us and they will be part of the 136 retailers shops that will be allocated at the mall.
The Mall will have six cinemas, baby rooms and will have spacious walkways amongst other structures to allow easy access.
Safland Properties Namibia entered into a joint venture agreement with Demushuwa Property Developers to construct the retail shopping centre for Frontier Property Trust.