The gold-mining town of Carletonville and the neighbouring township Khutsong will soon have a new R330 million (US$27.1m) shopping centre that is being developed on Gauteng’s West Rand by the Bentel Group, in association with Pretoria-based Fontis Developments.
Sitting on a 25,500 sqm space and slated to open in September this year, the Carletonville Mall will bring a quality shopping destination right on the doorstep of Carletonville. In addition to Khutsong, the new mall’s catchment area also includes Westonaria and Fochville.
East Rand based Bentel Group is one of Gauteng’s leading privately-owned property investment and development companies. It is led by the Bentel brothers, Selwyn and Aubrey, who have a number of well-known developments behind their name such as East Rand Retail Park in Boksburg, Retail Crossing on the West Rand, and the Dis-Chem Head Office and Distribution Centre in Midrand.
“Carletonville Mall is one of our latest developments and a hugely exciting project for the group,” comments Selwyn Bentel, Director of the Bentel Group.
“The mall is going to bring a whole new level of shopping under one roof to the communities of Carletonville, Khutsong and surrounding towns. Confirmed anchors include Pick n Pay, Choppies Supermarket, Woolworths, Planet Fitness, and Cashbuild. Other national tenants include Truworths, Clicks, Identity, Exact, Mr Price, Sportscene, PEP, Tiger Wheel and Tyre and Lewis Furnishers,” he adds.
Carletonville Mall is already approximately 75% let. When it is complete and fully let, the mall is expected to have more than 85 stores, restaurants and service outlets. It will also have ample parking and a taxi drop off area.
The mall is located on the main access road to Potchefstroom (Station Road), which is the primary provincial road. With a new railway bridge, road interchange and pedestrian access bridge being built near the centre, access to the new centre for shoppers will be significantly improved and travel time reduced.
“Carletonville is famed for being one of the richest gold-producing areas in the world and is home to Western Deep, one of the world’s deepest mines. However, as a mining town, it does not have the kind of quality shopping experience under a single roof that our new mall is going to bring to the town,” says Selwyn Bentel.
“There is the Carletonville CBD, which serves a market. However, Carletonville Mall will be a shopping destination and will not compete directly with the CBD. In fact, we believe they will complement each other and the new mall will raise the quality and variety of retail in the town,” he adds.
Carletonville Mall represents a major investment in the town outside its mainstay mining sector. In addition to the investment, the mall will create much needed jobs beyond the construction phase, when it opens.
“We have made a concerted effort to ensure local labour is used in the construction phase, through three community liaison officers who provide information and interact with the local community on the ground. More local jobs will come about when the mall opens and becomes fully operational,” says Selwyn Bentel.
A new township, Carletonville Extension 17, is being privately developed adjacent to the new mall development, increasing the mall’s primary shopper reach with over 2200 housing units. Many residents from Khutsong, which has been plagued by unsafe dolomite-heavy land, are in the process of being relocated, under the control and management of the local council to an area very close the mall.
Carletonville Mall is one of several commercial property developments currently underway or on the drawing board for the Bentel Group.
The group also recently purchased Benoni’s Northmead Square Shopping Centre, increasing its property portfolio, which is predominantly located in Gauteng. Bentel Group is set for greater development and growth. Watch this space!