BY JOHN KACHEMBERE:
HARARE – Local and foreign shoppers were on Saturday treated to music and dance during the official opening of the Chinese shopping mall near the National Sports Stadium.
The shopping mall, which is part of a 300-roomed five-star hotel project worth over $200 million, includes retail outlets, an amusement park, parking and staff houses.
Collins Mnangagwa, an official with Long Cheng Plaza said the mall, which was initially scheduled to open its doors to the public in May this year, has attracted the attention of various business people in and outside the country.
“All the space has been snapped up by over 200 local and Chinese shop-owners and we have 400 people on our waiting list,” he said.
The controversial Chinese mall made headlines recently when environmentalists claimed that it was constructed on a wetland, in violation of environmental laws.
Mnangagwa said most shops will become operational early next year as tenants are currently putting final touches to their premises.
“Although this is a Chinese mall, both local and Chinese products will be sold in all the shops. We want to strike a balance so that we empower local companies by marketing their products to a wide range of people,” he said.
The 62 000-square metre shopping mall — with a unique display of Chinese architecture — is being constructed by China-based Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation.