It’s been a long time coming, but the Table Bay Mall has finally got it’s opening date. Western Cape shoppers, your wait is almost over…
Thursday 28th September is when the doors will be opened to the public, following a two-year development schedule. So, why should we be getting excited?
This isn’t your average mall. Not by a long chalk. Table Bay has been built with an eco-friendly conscience and a step into the boldest frontiers of 21st century architecture. So, let’s do some learning…
It’s a 21-kilometre drive from CPT to the mall, which is estimated to take 25-45 minutes depending on traffic if you leave from the V&A Waterfront.
If you’re taking public transport, you’ll have to ride it out a little longer: It’ll be between 40-60 minutes, and you’ll have to catch these two buses to get there:
From Cape Town:
Following the R27 to Berkshire Boulevard will get you to the mall from any direction.
Table Bay Mall will be home to more than 150 shops and restaurants, many of which are flagship stores of both local and international source. Woolworths, H&M, Pick n Pay and Checkers have already been confirmed as mall occupants
People have questioned the sensibility of a mall whilst Cape Town fights a drought crisis. The architects have made a mockery of their doubters with their innovative green technologies, however.
The toilets are all single flush, sustainable LED lighting is in place, and all rainwater is being re-used and recycled from the roof.
It’s a family-friendly enterprise that has plenty of activities to keep the kids happy (for a while, anyway). There’s also a new Virgin Active gym set to open to encourage healthy living, and it’s one-floor structure makes it easily wheelchair-accessible.
Furthermore, It has over 65,000m of retail space, with the option to expand to 90,000m. The mall’s grandiose size promises to alleviate the stress that comes with bustling your way through packed shops
You might want to sit down before you read this: Not only did it already create 5,000 jobs for its construction, but the new shopping centre has created a whopping 8,000 more employment opportunities to fill its stores once fully operational.
In total, there are 3,300 bays available. That may grow over time, but for now it seems a sensible amount. 1,300 of these parking spaces will be outdoor, whereas the remaining 2,000 will be undercover.
Further information about Table Bay Mall can be found here