by Valentina Chimonez
The Mall is a tourist and local entertainment attraction, regardless of which city or country you find yourself in. The Mall is a hub of social interaction no matter your reason for being there; shopping, sight-seeing, movie dates or chilling. It is no wonder retailers, restaurant chains, and entertainment centres snap up the leases on malls, especially those in and around the city centre. The Jabi Lake Mall in Jabi, Abuja is anticipated by retailers, business owners, Abuja residents and visitors alike.
The Jabi Lake Mall sits on 5 hectares of land on the eastern shore of the Jabi Lake, ten minutes away from the Abuja Central Business District. It is flanked by Garki, Maitama, Wuse and Asokoro and has a very scenic view of the adjacent Jabi Lake.
Once completed, it will have two retail levels consisting of 25,000m2 and over 100 shops with Game and Shoprite each taking 5,000m2. There will be a 5 screen cinema of 1,400m2 operated by Silverbird, a food court on the 1st Level, a children entertainment area and a restaurant boulevard on the ground level fronting Jabi Lake with full accessibility from the boardwalk. Car parking for 733 cars will be provided on both levels to offer shoppers access on either level.
The tenant mix will be a variety of local, national and international brands with Game, Shoprite and Silverbird already signed up.
Jabi Lake Mall is brought to you by Actis, the investor that developed Ikeja City Mall and The Palms, in partnership with Duval Properties Limited. Together they will invest over $100m in the project. Laurus Development Partners is the Development Manager.
Construction is progressing at speed and is expected to be completed by October 2015. Over 1000 jobs are being created throughout the centre in entertainment, dining and new retail facilities. Taking a look at their website and listening to word on the street, Abuja and Nigeria is definitely stepping into a new chapter with the construction of the Jabi Lake Mall which has been touted to be the biggest thing in West Africa. Not surprising, considering Actis’ history; they developed The Palms in Lekki, Shoprite (Ikeja), and the Accra Mall.