The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the weekend, cut the sod for commencement of construction works on Kumasi’s first modern shopping complex at Asokwa, a suburb of Kumasi.
The $110 million ‘Kumasi City Mall’, covering an area of 29,000 square metres, is being developed by Delico Kumasi Limited, an affiliate of Delico Property Developments Limited, the company developing Accra’s West Hills Mall, which is now less than six months to completion.
The Kumasi City Mall, described by the developers as having great potential of overtaking West Hills Mall in size, is designed to roll out in two phases, comprising a retail shopping mall component which will have two big anchor tenants – Shoprite and Game – and will offer spaces for as many as 60 line shops and restaurants.
The development has a possibility of a second phase which, if completed, will deliver a 120-bed ultra modern Hotel to the Ashanti capital. Kumasi City Mall will have an approximate total parking capacity for 1,250 cars.
“The absence of a commercial complex of this standard in a city like Kumasi has been so glaring over the years and I am so happy that at long last our city is about to get its own world class Mall to promote business, commerce and recreation for our people,” Otumfuo said just before he shovelled up earth to signal the start of construction work on the 15.43- acre land acquired for the shopping complex.
The Asantehene reminded his Chiefs and people that all lands are vested in the Asanteman stool and that he would personally do everything possible to ensure that the lease of lands for productive and economically viable development projects which would generate employment for his people would always supersede the sale of lands for any other purposes.
Of the Kumasi City Mall, Otumfuo said: ‘Whenever I travelled to South Africa, I impressed on my own ‘grandson’, Kofi ( Mr Kofi Sekyere, Director of Delico Kumasi Limited, who is a native of Kumasi) and his partners in Delico to seriously consider the prospect of investing in a world class mall for our city, Otumfuo told a large gathering of chiefs, public officials and eager natives of Kumasi.
The developer, Delico Kumasi Limited is a subsidiary of Delico Property Developments Limited, Mauritius, which is itself jointly owned by Nasek Investments Limited, a company wholly owned by Ghanaians, and Atterbury Africa Limited, the investment vehicle into Africa for Atterbury Investment Holding Limited and Hyprop Investment Limited – both highly respected South African property investment companies.
With the sod-cutting for Kumasi City Mall, the key projects in Delico’s development portfolio in Ghana now total three, including the highly anticipated West Hills Mall and a 14,000 square metre Achimota Shopping Centre in Achimota, Accra. Atterbury, together with its investment partners, are also the majority shareholders of the Accra Mall.
“It is certainly long overdue for a city like Kumasi to have an address which caters for business, shopping and recreation, all under one massive and secured roof and the arrival of Kumasi City Mall at this time will respond squarely to this demand,” said Mr Sekyere.
He said the mall would be completed in July 2016.
“In 24 months, this site where we are today will be completely transformed into a grade-A retail facility and it is our fervent hope that the city of Kumasi and the good people of Asanteman will give meaning to this bold investment initiative by participating actively in the very necessary areas of tenancy and patronage to ensure the success of the mall,” Mr Sekyere said.
Both the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Sarpong, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Kojo Bonsu were full of praise for the Asantehene for the consistent role the monarch plays as a catalyst for development projects in the region and they took turns to commend Delico for making Kumasi a preferred choice for a world class mall.
“Today, we are not just breaking the ground for a commercial mall. We are building a solid and sustainable foundation for progress in industry in the years ahead…You are building not just a business palace but a better future for Kumasi, the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a whole,” Mr Sarpong said.
The sod cutting ceremony attracted top executives and dignitaries in the region’s public and private sectors and some diplomats including South Africa’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Her Excellency Jeanette Ndhlovu and Ghana’s Acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency Martha Pobee. Also at the function were and senior executives of Delico and Atterbury from Ghana and South Africa. GNA