KNIGHT Frank, an international property management firm that oversees Bulawayo Centre shopping mall, plans to embark on the second phase of the mall at an estimated cost of $10 million.
BY NQOBILE BHEBHE
The second phase, projected to be complete by December, involves the refurbishment and redevelopment of a block of flats into shops and business suits.
The project is expected to be handed over to the contractor in March while the leasing of the shops and business suites has already started.
According to information from Knight Frank, the development would “change forever the shopping patterns for Bulawayo shoppers”.
“Ten years ago we embarked on a shopping centre development that will encompass 10 stands (a whole block plus two stands) in the heart of Bulawayo city centre and appropriately named the Bulawayo Centre,” said the property firm.
“This was to provide a one-stop shopping centre for Bulawayo and change forever the shopping patterns for Bulawayo shoppers who were used to driving from one shop to the other. The development was to be in three phases and would take many years to complete.”
The first phase took three years and was completed in 1997 and comprised of 55 shops on two levels and business suits on three levels.
“We have now embarked on the second phase which will involve the refurbishment and redevelopment of Princess flats into several shops and business suites.
“We anticipate the same to be ready for occupation by December in time for Christmas.”
Princess flats are adjacent to the shopping mall.
“The final and last phase is expected to start soon after the completion of the second phase.
“This will involve the refurbishment and redevelopment of the former gym. We anticipate 26 small to medium sizes shops.
“The whole development is to be linked by a flyover across 9th avenue, to first floor Bulawayo centre, a series of escalators and panoramic lifts. This will assist in the circulation of shoppers throughout the whole centre,” said the property firm.