THE construction of a $14 million Gweru Megawatt Shopping Complex, located just outside Gweru central business district along the Harare-Bulawayo highway, initially earmarked for completion this month, is now set to open in September.
Officials say construction work at the shopping mall, funded by the Zesa Electricity Industry Pension Fund (ZEIPF), is around 90 percent complete.
When complete, the facility will be a mix of office and shopping space.
The complex comprises a three-storey office block, two-storey shopping mall, a service station and internal parking.
It has a combined total space of 7 278 square metres.
ZEIPF administration manager, Noel Jakaza, said the delays had been caused by tenants with specific requirements for their spaces which were not in the original plan.
He said: “Based on the timeline we had set ourselves on this project, we are behind schedule. We have completed the filling station and what is left is for the client to put the pumps. We are slightly behind on the supermarket because the client (Pick n’ Pay) wants third generation specifications installed at the supermarket, hence we have redesigned their space, which has caused the delay. We anticipate that by mid August the supermarket will be complete. ”
“What is left with the rest of the mall is the tiling. The offices are a bit behind mainly because of the change of designs which were effected to incorporate new things like the prepaid meter system. So the engineers and everyone involved are here to ensure that by the beginning of September, everything will be in place for the mall to open to the public,” said Jakaza.
Major tenants will include the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, Pick n’ Pay Supermarket and fuel retailer Puma.
The infrastructure also provides a wide range of line shops, food court and restaurant.
The complex will be completed with secure self-contained parking and lighting for the office block and the supermarket with an access road that links to the service station.
ZEIPF was established in 2004 with the mandate to ensure that the pension contributions of Zesa employees are securely invested in various investments that will support pensioners when they retire.
The fund has invested in various successful construction projects from warehouses, office blocks, and supermarkets around the country.
These include Parklands Shopping Mall in Bulawayo and Arlington Warehouse Distribution Centre located along the Harare-Chitungwiza road which is being leased by Vital Logistics.