Garden City Mall opened its doors to shoppers on Thursday, ahead of the completion of phase one of the much acclaimed Sh22.7 billion mixed-use project on Thika Road, Nairobi.
The 32-acre mixed use development will comprise 50,000 sq metres of retail space, 500 homes and a four-acre central park that will house an outdoor house arena for staging shows and concerts.
The initial phase of the project, which is led by Nairobi-based Mentor Management, involves the development of 33,000 sq metres of retail space and 76 two and three-bedroom apartments and town houses.
The Garden City Mall, which is touted as the second largest mall in East Africa after the upcoming Two Rivers Mall in Runda, was scheduled to open last December, but Actis pushed the date forward by five months.
On final completion in 2017, Garden City will feature 50,000 sq metres of retail space, 20,000 sq metres of office space, 420 apartments and town houses, 120-key business hotel and a three-acre park.
Garden City Mall will host about 120 local and global retail brands, including Game – a subsidiary of South African retailer Massmart, KFC, Nakumatt, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery.
Michael Turner, the director of Actis, said in a recent press statement that phase one of the project was “almost fully leased” and the company was expecting half of their retail tenants to open their stores on May 28.
“We are very excited to open our doors and invite everyone inside to start shopping, and to begin growing our Garden City community,” he said.
The facility joins a host of upcoming shopping malls on Thika Road such as Juja City Mall, Kenyatta University’s UniCity, Thika Road Mall (TRM), Mountain Mall and Ananas Mall, which begun sprouting shortly after the expansion of the highway.