Take 34 000 households that have to walk or, if they are lucky, ride kilometres to the nearest formal retail facilities. Then multiply by five to get the number of people in this predicament. And there you have it – a community of 170 000 people in the catchment area of Tibani in Polokwane, with no convenient access to formal shopping. Then and only then, can one see the positive impact the building of an 11 500m² shopping centre will have on the lives and pockets of its potential customers, while offering an excellent trading opportunity to the retail industry.
Tibani Shopping Centre, which is due to open in August 2018, is being developed by GMI Property Group with Retail Network Services as the retail and leasing specialists to the project.
The centre is situated 70km from Mokopane (formerly Potgietersrus) along the R567 near Tibanefontein, one of the villages which forms part of the cluster making up the rural Tibani area. The nearest major town is Polokwane, 60km away.
500 residential stands are planned next to the shopping centre site in Tibanefontein. This project is known as the Juno Demarcation Project and is under the auspices of the Department of Housing. Such a development will greatly facilitate the creation of a prominent node at the proposed site, together with complementary facilities. In addition, a formal taxi rank is located at the junction between the R567 and Main Road, not far from Tibanefontein Village. The rank serves the various villages in the area, thereby creating awareness of and exposure to the shopping centre site.
Tibani Shopping Centre has been designed over one level with 52 shops and close on 400 parking bays.
Shoprite and Cashbuild are the anchor tenants with Shoprite planning a spacious and comprehensive 3 000m² store. The balance of the tenant mix will offer more convenience shopping as well as a selection of popular fast food choices.
Well-known retail brands opening in the centre include Ackermans, Tekkie Town, Furn 4 U, Russells, Sleepmasters, AutoZone, AlphaPharm, Alera Hair, Checkers Liquor, Jet, Pep, Pep Cell and Capitec. Food outlets ChesaNyama, KFC, The Fish and Chip Co and Debonairs Pizza will appeal to the strong youth base in the area.
Employment in the centre’s catchment area is mostly formal thereby ensuring steady incomes derived from the formal sector. The development itself will also provide employment opportunities.
“Tibani Shopping Centre will bring sorely-needed modern retail facilities to people restricted to rural shopping options unless they are prepared to make the long commute to the nearest town,” says Gavin Tagg, CEO of Retail Network Services. “The centre will also provide a safe and pleasant meeting place for the Tibani community.”
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