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JOHANNESBURG - One of the most popular shopping hubs in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg, Fourways mall is on target to complete its development and expansion project by mid-2018.

The mammoth three-year project will see the current mall transform into a 170 000 m2 super regional mall and one of the largest in South Africa

The ambitious expansion plans will see the surrounding centres such as Fourways View and the existing Game building, being connected to Fourways Mall to create one space under roof that will become the mega mall.

The existing structures will be refurbished and upgraded, and an estimated R280 million is set to be invested in the expansion and upgrading the adjacent road infrastructure. The extensive project is the first of its kind for the area.

Andrew Costa, COO of Accelerate Property Fund said that “These days there is a greater demand from consumers for convenient and easily accessible shopping, entertainment and lifestyle locations. We plan to provide Fourways residents with a world-class mega mall to ensure that everything they need is on offer close by.”

Costa said that with phase one already complete, shoppers can now see the newly renovated Lower Level, previously known as the “Lake Level” that now boasts the Food Court and the Centre’s current main entertainment hub for the whole family. The fantastic Bounce Fitness Trampoline concept has a new home at Fourways Mall with a state of the art trampoline arena featured in a 4500 sq/m store.

The expanded Food Court has introduced many exciting new tenants to tantalise the shoppers’ taste buds and offer them a variety of fast food outlets and several sit down restaurants.

“The Developers are hugely excited to be the first centre on the continent to have a KidZania which is coming to Fourways Mall as part of the expansion project. KidZania is an indoor city, run by kids! Kids can independently choose from more than 60 real-life entertaining activities in one safe and secure space. It is fueled by a child's natural desire to create, explore and collaborate, KidZania is equal parts entertainment and education,” said Costa.

Costa said that shoppers would have easier access into the mall with the nearly completed new eight level parkade being made available to customers from late 2017.

“Fourways Mall has been a central part of the area for the past 20 years and is now moving into a new era to better cater for the Fourways community. It’s the perfect location for South Africa’s newest mega mall to rival any other in the province,” said Costa.

The extensive expansion and refurbishment plan is expected to be completed in mid-2018 and will complement plans to position Fourways as a new CBD.

-BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE