Dunes Mall prospers

Facility is a shopper’s paradise

12 November 2018 | Business

Corlia van Tonder; Dunes Mall Marketing Manager; “With the last head count we established there are 683 persons employed at the mall.”

Otis Finck - Dunes Mall recently celebrated its first anniversary.

The shopping mall, which is the second largest in Namibia, after Atterbury's The Grove Mall, officially opened its doors for business on 26 October 2017.

Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred congratulated the owners and management of the facility on this milestone.

Wilfred said indications are that more than 250 000 people visit the mall on a good month and this clearly demonstrates that it is a regional mall indeed.

“Our stats show that 12 154 persons visit the mall on average every Friday. The success of the mall has also attracted a long awaited retailer, namely Game, and the mall management also indicated that a number of attractions at the mall itself are being planned.”

Corlia van Tonder, marketing manager at Dunes Mall, confirmed this and said Game could start trading at the mall by next year June.

“Dunes Mall currently accommodates 74 stores, ranging from supermarkets and clothing shops, to restaurants, coffee shops and banks. Visitors typically spend 20 minutes to one and a half hours at the mall. With the last head count we established there are 683 persons employed at the mall. This number will increase considerably with the addition of Game.”

According to the Atterbury website, the annual turnover for Dunes Mall stood at N$795 346 for October, November and December 2017. The amount stood at N$457 940 for January and February 2018.

The single level mall is located at the entrance of Walvis Bay at the Diaz traffic roundabout and was developed at an estimated cost of N$650 million in partnership by three of Africa's largest shopping mall developers - Safland, Tradehold and Atterbury.

Van Tonder added that Dunes Mall also won gold in the South African Council of Shopping Centres Footprint awards for its grand opening.

“The annual awards seek to recognise exceptional shopping centre marketing, innovation and creative achievements, together with economic success, within the South African property industry.”

Dunes Mall measures an impressive 28 628 square metres with 1 047 parking spaces. The mall is served by three entry points. More than 3 000 construction workers were on site during the construction phase which started in 2015.

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