First China mall opens in Harare, Zimbabwe
DailyNews.co.zw - Jan 8th 2014, 08:38
The shopping mall, built near the National Sports Stadium, opened for business a few days before Christmas 2013. It is part of a 300-roomed five-star hotel project worth over $200 million and includes retail outlets, an amusement park, parking and staff houses.
Collins Mnangagwa, an official with Long Cheng Plaza said the mall, which was initially scheduled to open its doors to the public in May 2013, has attracted the attention of various business people in and outside the country.
“All the space has been snapped up by over 200 local and Chinese shop-owners and we have 400 people on our waiting list,” he said.
The controversial Chinese mall made headlines when environmentalists claimed that it was constructed on a wetland, in violation of environmental laws.
Mnangagwa said most shops will become operational early this year as tenants are currently putting final touches to their premises.
“Although this is a Chinese mall, both local and Chinese products will be sold in all the shops. We want to strike a balance so that we empower local companies by marketing their products to a wide range of people,” he said.
The 62 000-square metre shopping mall, that has a unique display of Chinese architecture, is being constructed by China-based Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation.© 2014 Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd. All Rights Reserved
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