Musina, where we once enjoyed a Christmas in the mining hospital with malaria, is the Gateway to the North, and, to mix a metaphor, the Musina Mall is the jewel in its crown. A jewel, as it happens, of some lustre these days: Total turnover grew a whacking +34% YoY in 2022, ending +23% higher than pre-COVID trading in 2019. Footfall increased +6% last year, and visits topped 900,000 in December for the first time. What’s up with that? The Mall’s location, at just 10 clicks from the Zimbabwean border (which formally opened again last September), as well as the completion of the N1 ring road on which the facility is located – 100km and 200km respectively away from its two closest competitors, and firmly within the mineral-rich Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone. Checkers and Shoprite anchor the 35,000m2 of retail space, where you’ll also find Woolworths, Clicks, Dis-Chem, Mr Price, The Foschini Group, Ackermans, Truworths, and Pep. It has also enjoyed some recent additions. “The improvements to Musina Mall build on its unparalleled convenience for its immediate community and many customers from over the Beitbridge border in Zimbabwe and beyond,” says Paul Gerard, MD of co-owner Flanagan & Gerard.
Comment: Where would we be without the malls on which our retail culture is founded?