It’s time to put the speculation to rest. For months, rumours have circulated, confusion has risen, and questions have been asked regarding the seemingly never-ending construction taking place near Peppergrove Mall. Luyanda Mahlinza answers some of these questions for you.
Stuart Beer, property manager of Beer Property Management, whose subsidiary company, Clublink (Pty) ltd) owns Pepper Grove Mall, has confirmed that Grahamstown will soon be welcoming the addition of four new national outlets that should be fully constructed by the 1st of July. These outlets comprise of two retail stores: Spec-savers and Crazy Store as well as two new franchises: Mugg and Bean and Wakaberry.
The construction commenced on 12th of January and steady progress is evident. However, the gradual nature of this progress and some of the obstacles in relation to the construction cast some doubt over their proposed deadline. Beer, however, affirms that they are well ahead of schedule and assures that the new stores will be open well in time for the National Arts Festival. “We will hand the buildings over to the tenants of these outlets by the 1st of June 2015. The tenants then have a month to complete the interior construction of their shops”.
“When we moved on site we discovered that we would have to do extensive earthworks and build a substantial retaining wall to reinforce the foundations,” Beer says. He however confidently claims that all these issues have not deterred this project from being a fairly smooth operation. It seems nothing will get in the way of the revolution that is the Mugg and Bean and Wakaberry that so many residents and students of Grahamstown have been dying for.
These new shops will undoubtedly add value to Peppergrove Mall. The mall is ideally accessible to university and school students and the shops should be of interest to this market and the Grahamstown market at large. “The benefits of this construction are quite endless. Even unemployment is being redressed as jobs are being created through this project which will assist many unemployed citizens of Makana,” says Beer.
The retail and franchise limitations of Grahamstown are no secret to anyone so let’s hope the journey to this revolutionary upgrade remains rapid and smooth. Embizweni will look into these aims and will be providing many follow ups about the progress of this operation.