Table Bay Mall, situated on Cape Town’s Western Seaboard, has announced a host of new tenants that will join their retail portfolio in the lead up to Christmas.
This growth in new retail stores and brands has been enhanced by the shopping mall’s commitment to supporting small businesses and ensuring their on-going success.
Over the last two years, they have created retail spaces dedicated to showcasing small business brands, such as The Creative Cube, The Food Cube, the Table Bay Mall Market, the annual Festive Market and the soon to open, Fashion Cube.
“To date, we have been able to successfully house 130 small locally-made small businesses and they have been warmly welcomed and supported by our shoppers. We wanted to step out of the normal retail box and open our retail space to these amazing small businesses.
“Their passion and enthusiasm have been contagious and the initiative has been a great success,” says Rian Thompson, Centre Manager at Table Bay Mall.
This year alone, the mall has welcomes eight new tenants, with an additional eight new stores opening in the coming months, adding more than 2,730m2 of retail space to its 2020 offering.
Table Bay Mall has continued to show positive growth compared to other shopping centres. “COVID has undoubtedly affected our industry, but we are very pleased that we have been performing above expectation with constant growth in shopper numbers and turnover. In line with this, we have secured a total of 16 new stores this year,” explains Thompson.
The largest new tenant developments are the Baby City and Fashion Cube openings. The 1,065m2 Baby City store opened its doors in August, and is one of the first new concept stores of its kind to open since the Dis-Chem Group purchased Baby City at the start of 2021.
In addition, a unique Table Bay Mall initiative, The Fashion Cube, is set to open in November. This newly-built and designed 360m² retail space will consist of 32 retail units where small business fashions brands display their product ranges in a custom-designed retail space.
Despite the economic strain experienced by the retail industry over the past 18 months, shopping malls have reported a recovery in footfall and retail sales.
In fact, lockdowns have favoured community and regional malls such as Table Bay Mall that give consumers a quick in-and-out shopping experience.
The following new stores, totalling an additional 989m2 of retail space, will soon be opening:
- Bootlegger Coffee Company
- Petshop Science, Checker’s standalone pet shop
- Spitfire, luxury furniture store
- Seattle Coffee Company
- Lovisa fashionable jewellery & accessories
- Vendange Furniture
- TikTok Studio, an original concept store aimed at the youth, artists and content creators.
“We are proud to be an attractive and exciting retail destination for our local community and we are constantly working to ensure that the tenants and brands we have on offer will provide a stand-out shopping experience.
“We want our customers to enjoy the time they spend with us and return time and time again to explore our offering,” concludes Thompson.