Nairobi’s Garden City mall to open doors in May

The firm behind the Sh23 billion Garden City project on Thika road has announced that the first phase is complete, paving way for the opening of its shopping mall in three months’ time.

Actis, the London-based private equity firm constructing the $250 million mixed development, says the high-end shopping complex at its heart will open on May 28, with the official ceremony to be held in June.

“We are confident that the scale and quality of this project are something that has not been seen before in East Africa,” said Actis managing director Michael Turner.

“We are very proud of what we have built so far, and welcome everyone to the new Garden City Mall.”

Last month, the developer said it was working with the Nairobi County government to set up an efficient road access to Garden City to spare shoppers heading to its mall the hassle of using the Kasarani underpass, which is always jammed with customers heading or exiting the nearby Thika Road Mall.

Shoppers will access the Garden City Mall through the overpass at the Garden Estate interchange, while those coming from Thika will use exit number seven then branch left into the new road which cuts through Willmary Estate adjacent to the mall.

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The first phase of the high-end mall features 33,000 square metres of retail space, 76 two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes and a three-acre central park.

The anchor tenants of the shopping complex include Massmart, a South African retailer set to open its first Kenyan store through its subsidiary the Game, and Nakumatt Supermarkets.

Other tenants set to open shop in May include Tile & Carpet, Victoria Courts, and a range of cafés and restaurants. The outside seating on the dining terrace will overlook the three-acre Garden City Park.

Billed as the second largest development in East and Central Africa after Centum’s 62,000 square metre Two Rivers project, Garden City is expected to be completed by 2017.

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It includes a multiplex cinema, additional residential and retail space, plus a business hotel and 20,000 square metres of office space.

Meanwhile, property consultants Knight Frank have advertised a 15-acre parcel of prime development “adjacent to Garden City”, with an option for a further 35 acres. No price has been provided.