The Pavilion in Bredasdorp celebrates its first year in operation
The new R120 million 10 800m² “The Pavilion” retail centre at Bredasdorp has just completed its first year in operation – and the good news, says centre manager Karin Davids, is that it is now attracting up to 800 visitors daily on weekdays and up to 2 400 on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The centre, she said, serves a huge surrounding area: Napier, Bredasdorp, Struisbaai, Agulhas, Arniston, Elim and Riviersonderend.
The centre, which was developed and built by the Cape Town firm, Asrin Property Developers, in partnership with Harry Viljoen Properties, is not only the largest but also the most sophisticated of all the centres in the town.
“There is nothing like it elsewhere in this area. Ninety-four percent of the retailers belong to national chains. Never before in this area have there been so many big retail names in one complex.”
Built on the southern side of the CBD on the former agricultural showgrounds, the site covers 1,2ha. The building design is in an L-shape and has wind-free bricked patios in front of most of the shops. Here sun protection is also provided by covered wooden pergolas.
Shiraz Onia, Asrin’s construction director, said that the architects, Smith and Smith, were asked to design a complex that truly complements the Overberg rural scene.
The completed project, therefore, contains two three level central circular silo-like buildings with lifts to the second floor and to the parking basement. Several of the buildings also have simple straight line Cape gables and pitched black metal roofs and the colours chosen for the façades – beige, ochre and light grey – all have a modern Overberg “feel”.
The anchor tenants in the complex are Checkers, with 2 142m² and Village Mart (a general dealer catering for the farming fraternity) which has 720m². Other tenants are Clicks, The Crazy Store, Foschini, Markhams, Totalsports, a Checkers Liquor Store, Tekkie Town, Karradish (a biltong seller) and Sheet Street.
Also in the complex and supplying meals and/or takeaways are Spur, Chicken City, Wimpy and Munchies. Their presence, said Davids, has made “The Pavilion” a popular social meeting point.
The completion of one year’s trading was celebrated with an all day jamboree on Saturday 16th July. At this the popular singers Karin van Jaarsveld and Mika, and local singer Pof Louw entertained the crowd.
A 42cm flat screen TV set was given as a prize to one lucky shopper. Among those present were Danie Viljoen (from the Harry Viljoen offices), Shiraz Onia, who was heavily involved with the project and Henk Smith of Smith and Smith Architects.
Henk Smith said that three factors had made the centre popular: its upmarket design and sophisticated décor in the shops; the landscaping and the national status of most of the tenants. Karin Davids added that the cleanliness, for which a team she herself is responsible, has also impressed visitors.
The abundant parking has, said Davids, also impressed many: 400 vehicles can be parked in the basement (which underlies two thirds of the site) and 200 in open bays at ground level. A carwash facility is also provided in the basement.
In the year ahead the centre will be running regular events and promotions which, it is planned, will raise the foot count by a further 20%.