Delico Achimota Ghana Limited has opened a new $60 million state-of-the-art shopping mall, named Achimota Retail Centre, located near the Saint John’s Grammar School at Dome in Accra, Ghana.
Delico Achimota Limited which is the same group with majority shareholding in West Hills Mall said that construction works on the Achimota project began in April 2014 and took 18 months to complete.
The new shopping centre sits on a total land area of 35,790m² of which 14, 622m² constitutes the trading space, with a total of over 45 shops and two anchor tenants – Shoprite and Palace.
It offers customers and patrons a well-balanced tenant mix with nearly 50 per cent of the brands and tenants originating from Ghana.
The shops are offering a wide variety of products and services ranging from grocery and foodstuffs, lifestyle, beauty and wellness, electronics and telecommunication, budget & designer fashion and clothing, gifts and high value jewellery, pharmacy, banking and financial services and children’s recreation.
One distinctive feature of the Achimota Retail Centre is said to be its varied chain of eateries, numbering nine in all, including the Chop Bar, a uniquely Ghanaian gourmet outlet. Other food houses are KFC, Basillisa, Food Inn, Pizza Hut, Steak Escape, Roaj Restaurant and Second Cup.
A spacious parking area with capacity for 585 cars – of which 250 constitute an undercover basement parking – is part of a string of modern architectural principles and special amenities incorporated in the mall’s design by the owners to ensure optimum convenience and enrich the overall shopping experience of customers and visitors to the centre.
Osafo Gyimah, a board member of Delico Achimota Ghana Limited, who initiated the Achimota Retail Centre project, said his desire to bring the project into the country was to boost the Ghanaian economy.
As a property development expert, Mr. Gyimah said he had championed numerous of such projects in South Africa where he is domiciled, and felt there was the need to bring such projects to Ghana. He said Delico Achimota Ghana Limited was constructing another multi-million dollar shopping centre in Kumasi and the project would be completed next year.
Mr. Kofi Sekyere, Chairman of the Board of Delico Achimota Limited, told newsmen, “Locating a modern shopping centre at the north-eastern part of Accra not only eases the pressure of congestion on the capital’s central business district, it also provides residents of that vast area with a convenient place for business, social interaction, entertainment and other basic amenities that are clearly absent in that part of Accra.”
Sekyere said residents in neighbouring communities like Achimota, Dome, Tantra Hills, Taifa, Ofankor and the estates of Ashongman, Parakou, Kwabenya and beyond, will now be able to access both basic necessities and luxuries from one location at the Achimota Retail Centre, a convenience factor, which has been absent in that locality for a long while.
John Kwao Sackey, Chief Executive of Ga East Municipal Assembly, described the new shopping mall as a beautiful edifice, stating that the facility would boost business activities in the area and create employment for the youth.
“The new shopping mall will also help improve the revenue of the assembly, because companies and other businesses that will operate in and around the centre would be taxed by the local authority,” he said.
With the Centre now open, it is expected that no less than 500 people, mostly from surrounding communities will be employed by the tenants, while the Centre itself will hire at least 50 employees permanently for ongoing property and facilities management.