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It’s one of the clearest expressions of the growing middle class in many African countries — a burgeoning demand for shopping malls, each more lavish than the one before.

Increasing local spending power and a boom in the number of expat workers in recent years have led investors to turn their attentions to the benefits of retail therapy.

From Nairobi to Johannesburg, major urban centers across the continent have seen a construction boom take hold — and the world of shopping is at the heart of it.

A homage to the continent

In Midrand, South Africa, a huge new mall is under construction between Johannesburg and Pretoria, with its design intended to pay homage to the characteristics of the continent.

The Mall of Africa, due to open in April 2016, will boast 131,000 square meters of retail space, with developers Aurecon saying it will be the largest African mall ever to have been built in one phase.

The four shopping courts at its heart will each be inspired by different parts of the continent, with their features intended to evoke distinctive African climatic zones.

And with retailers including a mixture of South African and international firms — Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths, Checkers, Ster-Kinekor and Game among them — the Mall of Africa will be the latest big hitter in a growing list.

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