Rail Park Mall gives shoppers a new experience
The P350-million Rail Park Mall at the Gaborone train station was a beehive of activity when it opened for business on Thursday, 20 October 2011.
Shoppers were treated to entertainment, including music, during the grand opening. It is anticipated that Rail Park will be a busy place because of the heavy human traffic flow at Gaborone Station.
In addition to citizens of the capital city, developers of the new mall targeted shoppers from outlying areas, most of the tenants at the mall being retailers.
Among shops found at the mall are Food Lovers Market, Choppies Hypermarket, Debonairs Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chicken Licken and furniture stores like Ellerines and Beares.The new Food Lovers Market - which offers a variety food items, including fruits and vegetables - occupies considerable space and has an eatery, bringing a new experience in food retailing.
Food Lovers Market and Choppies are the anchor stores of the new mall, where Choppies boasts of a gigantic store that was swamped by shoppers on the opening day.
The mall's upper deck is reserved for office accommodation. A direct overhead pedestrian bridge has been constructed across the railway station for access to the mall.
Rail Park Mall is a joint partnership between Botswana Railways through its property subsidiary - BR Properties - Bifm, Eris Botswana and Tredinnick. BR Properties owns close to 70 percent of the project. Stalls in the parking bay are earmarked for informal traders.
A section of the ample parking space is reserved for public transport.Rail Park Mall adds to the numerous shopping malls that have transformed the Gaborone landscape. Its grand opening follows the opening of two other shopping malls along the Gaborone-Francistown highway at Sebele earlier this year.