On 29 October 2015, the Carletonville Mall in South Africa opened indoors. The 26,000 square meter shopping center’s location is in Gauteng’s West Rand. Moreover, it stands on a prime site in Carletonville along station road. As a result, it offers shoppers and visitors direct access to the R501 primary provincial road to Potchefstroom within the North West Province.
East Rand-based, Bentel Group, in association with Fontis Developments are responsible for the project’s development. Bentel Group is amongst Gauteng’s leading and privately-owned property investment and development companies. While commenting on the project, the company’s Director, Selwyn Bentel said that it strives to bring a whole new level to shopping.
Reported ON 10 March 2015
Bentel Group’s US$27million mall upcoming in gold-rich Carletonville, South Africa
The gold-mining town of Carletonville and the neighboring township Khutsong will soon have a new R330 million (US$27.1m) shopping center 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 to 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% left. 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 center, access to the new center for shoppers will be significantly improved and travel time reduced.
A Significant Milestone For Carletonville
“Carletonville is famous for being one of the richest gold-producing areas in the world. Moreover, it 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. Additionally, 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 jobs beyond the construction phase, when it opens.
“We have made a collaborative effort to ensure local labor is made good use of, in the construction phase. More specifically, 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 under private development adjacent to the new mall development. This further led to an increase in the mall’s primary shopper reach with over 2200 housing units. Many residents from Khutsong, are in the process of relocation, under the control and management of the local council to an area very close to the mall.
Carletonville Mall is one of several commercial property developments that are currently underway or on the drawing board for the Bentel Group. The group also recently bought Benoni’s Northmead Square Shopping Centre. Leading to the increase of its property portfolio.