Spanish fashion retailer Zara has been in South Africa since 2011, and now it has launched its first Zara Home store at the Mall of Africa, which opened its doors north of Johannesburg on Thursday.

People around the world seem to love the brand’s homewares, as Zara Home has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2003, and now operates more than 500 stores in 66 countries.

Elegant in design, the 722m2 store at Mall of Africa, which is on one foor, has a white façade with the gold Zara Home logo.

Inside it is decorated in neutral colours combined with chestnut wood and marble floors with an antique mother-of-pearl effect.

It sells beautifully designed bedding, table and bath linens, furniture, tableware, cutlery and other decorative items for the home, as well as loungewear and a bath and body line. There’s also a Zara Home Kids collection.

Zara Home will bring out the latest decor trends twice a year, “constantly refreshed with the delivery of new items weekly”.

It is believed Zara Home will roll out other stores in South Africa, starting with Cape Town.

Other international labels that had their South African opening at the expansive Mall of Africa were Armani Exchange, a more youthful sub-label of Armani; Scandinavian sports apparel brand Helly Hansen; Japanese athletic food and sport equipment company Asics; Parisian fashion label The Kooples; American sports clothing company Under Armour; Spanish lingerie brand Women’secret; and Soap Stories, which sells artisan soaps and bath products.

They join a full pack of flagship stores from top brands like H&M, Forever 21, Forever New, River Island, Mango, Cotton On, Starbucks, Versace and Zara.

Southern Africa’s largest shopping mall built in a single phase has over 300 shops in the equivalent of 18 rugby fields of retail space and more than 30 dining options, from restaurants to takeaways.

Entertainment options include a state-of-the-art nine-screen Ster-Kinekor cinema complex with Imax and an outdoor Waterfall Park featuring an interactive musical water fountain.