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Monday Dec 10, 2012

Diepkloof Square community shopping centre opens in Soweto

Soweto entered a new era of convenient, quality retail when Diepkloof Square community shopping centre opened, fully let, on November 29.

Diepkloof Square in Soweto opened last month.

The 16 108 m2 community centre is anchored by Pick n Pay in a 3 112 m2 store and features 50 shops, including a new 1 720m2 Food Lover's Market.

"Diepkloof Square is a really exciting project," says Food Lover's Market group property and business development manager Graeme Liebenberg. "Diepkloof holds a special place in the heart of many South Africans.

"It was one of the earliest communities in Soweto and many influential South Africans live, have lived or passed through this suburb."

In the epicentre of affluent Soweto, Diepkloof Square is positioned in an exciting setting in a growing community in Diepkloof Extension 3 near the N1, with excellent visibility and access from the main arterial road serving Diepkloof, Immink Road.

"Diepkloof Square will provide quality retail in a smart, modern setting - giving residents easy access to tailormade convenience shopping," says Jason McCormick, the managing director of developer McCormick Property Development.

"The centre pays meticulous attention to top design, apt retailer mix and the daily shopping needs of one of the wealthiest township suburbs in the country."

Highlighting its thoughtful design, McCormick points to Diepkloof Square's covered food court as a vibrant space for the community. "Diepkloof Square is more than a shopping centre, it's a town square - a place to meet and share a sense of community."

McCormick Property Development has pioneered retail development in South Africa's emerging markets since 1983 and has 49 completed developments to its name.

For Diepkloof Square's development, McCormick partnered with leading African black-owned and managed investment holding company Shanduka Group.

Leasing Diepkloof Square is Retail Network Services - a full-service specialist retail leasing company with successes such as Pan Africa Shopping Centre in Alexandra, Protea Glen Shopping Centre in Soweto, Tsakane Mall in Springs and Jabulani Mall in Soweto to its name.

Gavin Tagg, of Retail Network Services, says the shops and services at Diepkloof Square mirror its upmarket setting.

Yet despite this they still offer a large assortment of grocery and food stores to cater across income groups.

"Diepkloof Square features an array of leading retailers which appeal to everyday needs of this growing local market," he says.

In an area previously underserviced by shopping, retailers have lined up to satisfy Diepkloof 's consumer needs. Besides Pick n Pay and Food Lover's Market, its retail mix includes Ellerines, Beares, OK Furniture, JD Group, McDonalds, King Pie, Steers, Debonairs, KFC, Old Mutual, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Cashbuild, Roots, Vodacom, Pep, Modjo Hair, Randcon Paints and Diepkloof Medical Centre.

With its prime location, modern design, exciting retail mix and unmatched local shopping experience, Diepkloof Square also offers generous parking and excellent access to public transport with an adjacent existing taxi rank.

"Diepkloof is a strong community with ample amenities that create a vibrant node for its residents and form a natural retail node," says Tagg.

"It is attracting an increasing number of middle-class and aspirant residents.

"Diepkloof Square is set to become the dominant retail node in the Diepkloof area and its surrounding suburbs."

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