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.
A homage to 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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