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November 16, 2015

Upgrades at shopping centre are taking shape


VISITORS to East Point, previously East Rand Galleria Shopping Centre, will notice a marked difference as the outside facade around Entrance 1 nears completion and construction of Entrance 2 kicks into high gear.

“The shopping centre is certainly coming to life as new sections are completed on a daily basis and much will be completed by the end of November in time for Christmas,” says Marietjie Pienaar, East Point centre manager.

“Artists impressions of the completed shopping centre will be added at the temporary entrance and the new entrance for everyone to see.”

Current structural renovations and building include the demolition of the old Barnyard Theatre and the new Entrance 2 being midway through construction. It is envisaged to be open during the course of December. There will be no construction taking place over the festive season.

Most of the work will focus on the eastern side of the shopping centre where the new exterior food court will be constructed. “This has allowed us to start moving all civil works (hoardings, equipment and construction materials) into a small area on the eastern side, opening up the entire central and western parts to the public,” confirms Pienaar.

Additionally, by the end of November, internal mall tiling will be completed, the second ablution facility on the Pick n Pay side will be finished and the new Game parking access control will be in operation. Great strides will have been made to reopening Pick n Pay itself by the end of the year.

“We would like to emphasise that although Entrance 2 is still under construction, a temporary entrance is available to shoppers to access the eastern side shopping areas.

“Again, we would like to thank our shoppers and tenants for their patience during this period of refurbishment,” concludes Pienaar.

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