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Nakumatt back at Westgate as mall reopens next week

BUSINESS
By Dominic Omondi | July 11th 2015

The Westgate Shopping Mall, anchor tenant, Nakumatt Holdings, has announced plans to resume operations at the shopping complex by the end of next week.

The official opening of Nakumatt Westgate, scheduled for Saturday July 18, follows the recent hosting of an inter-faith prayer service, by the Westgate Shopping Mall developers ahead of the mall’s formal opening.

Nakumatt Holdings, Managing Director Atul Shah, said plans are now in high gear to re-open the doors to the retail store and shopping mall. As the anchor tenant, the opening of Nakumatt Westgate, will also coincide with the Westgate Shopping Mall’s official, reopening, with other key tenants such as ArtCaffé, Ashleys Beauty Centre, among others, also set to resume their operations.

The reopening of the flagship Nakumatt store, to be preceded by a series of stakeholder events next week, Shah noted, will also mark a major milestone for the country’s and tens of former Westgate Shopping Mall tenants who invested in their respective store redesigns.

Due, to some internal adjustments on the main mall building and the former Nakumatt shop floor space, Nakumatt Westgate will now cover more than 80,000 square feet on multiple floor levels.

During the inter-faith prayers last May, Westgate Mall Managing Director Alex Trachtenberg, confirmed that tenants who have taken up space at the mall will soon be moving in, to commence their respective stores outfitting ahead of the reopening.

Many of the tenants, have since then progressed well with their store outfitting including ArtCafé Restaurant, which is also set to open two outlets.

One of Kenya’s leading lady entrepreneurs and Westgate Shopping Mall Tenant Mrs Terry Mungai, confirmed that her firm, has now booked space at the mall five times bigger than its earlier space.

“As patriotic Kenyan business people, we are confident that Westgate Mall will arise from the ruins to greater heights than it ever was, and we have booked space five times bigger,” Mrs Mungai said. Adding: “We’ve made such a booking as a mark of our confidence on Westgate Shopping Mall and to enable us expand Ashleys Beauty Centre services.”

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