Nairobi’s newest mall Garden City opened its doors on Thursday, ahead of the completion of phase one of the highly acclaimed Sh22.7 billion mixed-use project on Thika Road.
The Garden City Mall, which is touted as East Africa’s second largest mall after the upcoming Two Rivers mall in Runda, was scheduled to open last December, but the developer – UK-based PE firm Actis – pushed the date forward by five months.
Phase one of the project, whose construction is led by Nairobi-based Mentor Management, involves the development of 33,000 sqm of retail space and 76 two and three-bedroom apartments and town houses.
On final completion in 2017, the 32-acre mixed-use development will feature 50,000 sqm of retail space, 20,000 sqm of office space, 420 apartments and town houses, 120-key business hotel and a three-acre park.
The Garden City Mall will be home to about 120 local and global retail brands, including Game – a subsidiary of South African retailer Massmart, Nakumatt, KFC, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery.
In a press statement earlier, Michael Turner, the director of Actis, said phase one of the project was “almost fully leased” and the company was expecting more than half of their retail tenants to open their stores on May 28.
“We are very excited to open our doors and invite everyone inside to start shopping, and to begin growing our Garden City community,” he said.
The mall joins a host of upcoming shopping complexes along Thika Road such as Kenyatta University’s UniCity, Juja City Mall and Ananas Mall, which begun sprouting shortly after the expansion of the highway.
The Garden City development was in 2013 granted the Vision 2030 Private Sector partnership project status.