In 1993, local newspapers in the Helderberg region carried momentous news. AECI to build shopping giant, the headlines read. Building operations commenced on the 58-hectare sitesituated at the intersection of the N2 and the R44 linking Strand, Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Phase 1 of the R150 million project was anchored by one food major, two fashion majors and a 1000-seat cinema complex. 90 upmarket line stores completed the mix and Somerset Mall opened to public acclaim.
In response to research findings, in 1999, Somerset Mall realised that the time was ripe to initiate Phase 2 of the project.
The Centre was expanded from 35 000 m² to 56 000 m² bringing the total value of the Mall up to R300 million. A trolley-load of new stores, including Game and Stuttafords, joined the tenant mix and an additional 3 000 parking bays were built to accommodate the anticipated surge of new customers coming to browse through the strong fashion presence Phase 2 brought with it. The extension opened its doors in August 2000, increasing the total number of retail outlets to more than 160.
The third, and latest, extension unfolded its magnificent wings in November 2004. The need for this extension came from a desire in the community for more family entertainment. Somerset Mall obliged with a 15,000 m² Phase 3 extension that cost R160 million. Somerset Mall offers favourites such as Exclusive Books, Music Moods and Incredible Connection - plus an international food court, ten-pin bowling alley and a Ster Kinekor cinema which has eight movie theatres. An additional 1,200 parking bays were also provided for new customers.
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