A new Eastleigh Mall is almost at its peak of completion. People who go to shop in Eastleigh are mostly either care about affordability of quality products or care less if they are buying knockoffs.

The first group loathes the chaos of Eastleigh, though they still go there since finding out that most mall in city centre are mostly overpriced. The other group is continuing customers. They mostly consist of group of buyers who buy at wholesale price to resell.

These buyers come from afar including Tanzania from spices and oils to carpets and blankets. 

Eastleigh has being a rising trading hub. In a day there is an exchange of millions at hand in the crowded stalls, the streets full of people wandering through the chaos of bodabodas, cars and matatus. One may think that the investors would yearn for super profits but it is the chaos that brings the major profits and affords them heavy footfall, enviable by of Nairobi`s struggling shopping malls.

People walking in the streets of Eastleigh. Courtesy of Google

payment rules that aplly in Eastleigh; if your not paying with cash and decide to use mobile money then you will likely be asked to withdraw from an agent.

at this growing place stand a enomous mall, which will be one of the biggest malls in East Africa, Business Bay Square. This mall is set to open in early May 2023.

 This mall occupies 130,000 square metres has overthrown two rivers which occupies 65,000 square metres . This mall

The Eastleigh mall will also host international brands such as Giordano – a Hong Kong international retailer of apparel and accessories, Linton’s Beauty World with skincare, makeup, and fragrance brands including Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Turkish brand LC Waikiki among others.

American multinational Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizzahut, South African fast food chain Galito’s, and Artcaffe, will be some of the fast food stores to be hosted at the mall.

The mall will also have a food court on the rooftop.

It features a plethora of food and beverage outlets, fashion stores, health and beauty shops, and banking services.

The project size covers 6.4 acres with the property comprising serviced plots for commercial, residential and mixed-use as well as recreational and utility plots, landscaped areas and infrastructure routes.

“Ten Commodities Wholesale, registered in 2018, is a business group headquartered in Nairobi, to consolidate extensive experience and resources required to build a massive architectural icon, Business Bay Square, currently under development in Nairobi,” the developer’s website read.

The BBS project was undertaken in two phases. The first phase is 90 percent complete with the second phase of the project, comprising the Hotel and Serviced Apartment Towers will begin once the first phase is wrapped up.

“Maestro Limited is on-site as the project architect and the structural engineer is Stroutel Africa. MaceYMR is the appointed project manager,” said the Eastleigh Mall marketing team.

What draws investors to Eastleigh is the high footfall of visitors flocking to shop in its malls.

“The increase in malls in Eastleigh can likely be attributed to the growing population in the area, as well as the area’s convenient location for accessing larger markets in Nairobi,” says Marshal Mutei, the sales manager at Lordship Africa, a real estate development and investment company.

Mr Mutei reckons the area’s affordability also makes it prime for investors and a better option for business owners.

“Shopping centres in Eastleigh have become a popular destination for traders and shoppers who are looking to buy goods that are not available in other parts of Nairobi. For instance, if you tell anyone in Nairobi you’re going to Eastleigh the first thing that rings in their mind is that you are shopping for something and you probably have a tight budget,” added Mr Mutei.

A spot check by the Business Daily confirmed some of the businesses setting shop in the Eastleigh Mall include Optica, Goodlife Pharmacy, Cleanfax Laundry and Cleaners, Beyond Fruits, Healthy U, and Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed lender NCBA among others will also be included in the new Eastleigh Mall.

French multinational retailer Carrefour, which operates more than 12,000 outlets globally is the mall’s anchor tenant.

The new Eastleigh Mall will comprise over 10 banks, more than 20 restaurants, 1,400 parking slots, hospitals, and cinema halls etc.

Other banks in the Eastleigh mall include Absa Bank, SBM, National bank, KCB, and Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) among others.

Efforts by the Business Daily to get information on the owner fell futile, however, it was determined the management had changed and the company had a new boss who was not of Kenyan origin.

Kenya’s growing consumerism has sparked huge interest among multinationals and shopping mall investors.

This has been attributed to the emerging lifestyle trends among Kenya’s young middle class.

There has also been a growing branch network of retail stores in the country with international supermarket chains training their sights on Nairobi.

The growth of the retail sector, embodied by a surge in the construction of malls including Two rivers, garden city and other malls in the country has increased spending and new trends of digital payment emerged.

“Malls make it simpler for customers to discover what they need and want by offering a range of retail businesses and other services in one location, which can aid in increasing consumer spending,” says Mr Mutei

The use of bank cards to shop for goods and services is one of the factors that has increased consumer spending due to the attractiveness of the convenience of the payment option.

The growing popularity of swiping cards at supermarkets, fuel stations, pubs, restaurants, and other establishments signals higher transaction-based income for banks.

Supermarkets, whose daily sales can run into millions of shillings, are some of the biggest beneficiaries of the PoS systems which reduce their cash handling burden.

“The emergence of shopping malls, speaks to a target niche market that has a high propensity to consume, which mainly are to be found in the urban areas. This class of consumers really don’t feel the pinch of rising prices of items, unlike consumers at the lower end of the economic pyramid,” said Churchill Ogutu, an economist at IC Group.

Malls have also created employment, increased tourism and travel, and improved infrastructure in various parts of the country.

“Overall, by generating jobs, raising consumer spending, encouraging the development of infrastructure, and drawing tourists and visitors, malls can contribute significantly to the opening up of the economy,” said Mr Mutei

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