The second phase of an exciting new regional shopping precinct – which will inject hundreds of millions into George’s economy, and which will create between 800 and 1,000 permanent jobs when building is complete – is now under construction nextto Knysna Road, at the eastern edge of the city.
“When it opens in October next year, the Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre will host many of the large national brands which aren’t presently trading in the Southern Cape,” said Loot Steyn, of developers Laritza Investments.
He said that tenants will include Sportsmen’s Warehouse, House & Home, Mambo’s Plastics Warehouse, Pick ‘n Pay Clothing, Home Etc., De Jagers Clothing, Volpes, Cattle Baron, and John Dory’s.
“We’re also especially happy that Golden Harvest, a long established, George-based firm, will be with us- and that Checkers will be opening a store,” said Mr. Steyn.
“The findings showed that,because of the presence of the major national brands, businesspeople and members of the public from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo now want to travel to George rather than to Port Elizabeth or Cape Town for their bi-monthly and bulk purchases.
Mr. Steyn said that Volkswagen, Audi, andthe Imperial Group – which sells Land Rover, Ford, and other premium marques –willall open showrooms in the Eden Meander precinct.
Mr. Steyn said that the Eden Meanderdevelopment has been in planningfor about seven years. “Our environmental impact assessments were vigorous and exhaustive, and only once we’d completed them satisfactorily, and received our ROD (Record Of Decision – the document that allows a developer to apply for planning permission to the local authority), were we able to begin our LUPO (Local Use Planning Ordinance) application.”
In the end, he said, all objections were amicably settled, and the first phase of the development – George’s new Builder’s Warehouse – was opened earlier this year.
“When the Eden Meander Development is complete, it’ll include a modern amphitheatre for outdoor entertainment, and, together with the retail stores and restaurants – and the Blue Mountain residential developments right next door –the precinctwill become a city-within-a-city on the eastern edge of George, where residents will be able to live, work, and play.”