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A look at South Africa’s new R210 million shopping center – which includes the first Rocomamas drive-thru

Redefine Properties has launched its new shopping center Kwena Square on the West Rand of Johannesburg.

The center gets its name from the Sotho meaning for crocodile, koena (kwena) which illuminates the abundant natural beauty in the Little Falls, Strubens Valley and surrounding areas. The crocodile river also has its source in the Witwatersrand mountain range, originating in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, which is close to the current site, the developer said.

Developed at a cost of R210 million, Kwena Square will feature 23 stores anchored by national retailers such as Checkers, Checkers Liquor, Clicks – and has one of the country’s first drive-thru Rocomamas alongside other restaurants and coffee shops.

An array of solar panels on the roof will generate as much as 40% of the electricity needed by the center, a key function that will reduce the load on the mains.

Integration of the local community was a central driver behind the construction, leasing and offering of business opportunities to local subcontractors. Local tenants, which showcase the best that SA has to offer, include Benita’s Food Emporium, Neo Vision, My Krafts Brewery, Quello Deli, Nossa Casa Portuguese Restaurant, Suggeee Bar, Uncle Joe Florist, and Fresh House Butchery.

Leon Kok, chief operating officer of Redefine Properties says the center is coming just as the demand for convenience shopping increases.

A new study from MSCI shows that some areas of retail such as convenience stores are seeing an increase in sales and visitors with trade densities exceeding the level of pre-Covid. Thanks to time-pressured consumers juggling work from home and making quick stops for shopping to avoid congestion, the need for convenience became paramount during Covid-19.

“The fact that our center is so aesthetically pleasing is a big plus, along with its strong focus on environment, social and governance (ESG), while providing ease of use, open ventilation and safety. The completion of the project during the pandemic was remarkable and reflects our commitment and the trust of our tenants in the project. ”

“Kwena Square reinforces the trend we first identified regarding the re-emergence of convenience stores, a store format most favored during the pandemic for its ease of use and open ventilation that improves safety. The completion of the project during a pandemic reflects our commitment and the trust of our tenants in the project and the neighborhood, ”said Kok.

“A convenience store like Kwena Square addresses changing shopping habits and is positioned to efficiently meet the evolving demands of shoppers.”


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A look at South Africa’s new R210 million shopping center – which includes the first Rocomamas drive-thru

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