Geared for all tastes, and featuring a host of national and international brands, the world-class Oceans Mall uMhlanga is set to transform your shopping experience.
The luxurious and much anticipated Oceans Mall uMhlanga, part of the R4,3-billion mixed-use Oceans uMhlanga Development, recently opened its doors to shoppers, with an astounding 36 000 people visiting on the first day alone – foot traffic that was well beyond expectation – and shoppers leaving having experienced a memorable outing.
The project has created 6 000 jobs during construction and 2 500 permanent jobs, and is classified as a catalytic development by the City of Durban.
The double award-winning, internationally acclaimed development has been recognised for its unique curvilinear architecture at the International Property Awards.
Inside, the 36 000m² mall has attracted top national and international brands, and boasts two large, state-of-the-art anchor tenants – Woolworths and Checkers – while 99% of the mall’s 120 stores are let and are filled with both well-known national and sought-after international brands.
The world-class, first for South Africa, flagship Checkers FreshX will offer customers exclusive private label brands such as Forage & Feast – a premium private label endorsed by South Africa’s first Michelin star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen – and Simple Truth. It also boasts a Meat Market with free-range chicken and restaurant-quality steak, a Kauai store, a sushi bar, and a Foreign Ground coffee shop.
“The luxurious Checkers is designed in such a way that the various departments look and feel like specialist stores within a store,” says co-developer Vivian Reddy.
TRENDY RESTAURANTS AND FAMILY FRANCHISES
Oceans Mall uMhlanga also offers mouth-watering restaurants – the trendy Tiger’s Milk; renowned signature restaurant, Black; long-established Olive & Oil; plus local franchise favourites such as Spur and Hussar Grill. “We have gone to town with opulent decor matched by a decadent menu,” says Black directors Andrey and Joelene. “We know that Black is destined to impress the senses, and we are catering for everyone, which is why we have included a special VIP section.”
HIGH-END PLATINUM WALK FASHION SECTION
International fashion brands – a first for KZN – will launch in the next phase of the mall opening in March 2023. The luxury Platinum Walk will feature premium international fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Versace, as well as eight others in the high-end section similar to the popular Diamond Walk of Sandton City.
uMhlanga is known as the playground of the North Coast, and Oceans Mall is positioned as the most aspirational mall in KZN, destined to attract both locals and tourists who flock to the area. The high-end mall will have a positive impact on both the local and regional economy with its job creation and major financial contribution to the city coffers in terms of rates and utilities.
TRANSFORMING THE NORTH OF DURBAN
The mall is designed to cater for all walks of life and will transform the lifestyle of the entire northern region with a unique KZN mall experience.
“Oceans Mall uMhlanga is distinctive and geared for all tastes, including the sophisticated and affluent shopper,” says Vivian. “It’s a world-class offering that is positioned amongst the top three exclusive malls in the country.”
This festive season, the Piazza will display the tallest Christmas tree in South Africa, boasting 186 000 lightbulbs, and will set the tone for a festive shopping extravaganza. The ultimate New Year’s Eve party will be similar to the Balldrop @ Times Square in New York, and Oceans Mall uMhlanga will be transformed with live music and a line-up of entertainment, not forgetting our trendy restaurants.
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- Lagoon Drive, uMhlanga
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- Make-up: Aldytha da Silva, @makeupyourmind_sa
- Pictures: JoNo Nienaber, @purestudioassistant, assistant: Lucky Matiyela
- Models: Vanessa Marawa, Jeanette Naidoo, Zanele Kamwendo
- Clothing: Butterfly and Bee, and Seafolly, @hellohunny