Garden City Mall finally opens its doors to Nairobi shoppers

Garden City Mall on Thika Road
Shoppers at the newly built Garden City Mall on Thika Road in Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE
Nairobi’s latest retail destination Garden City Mall opened its doors on Thursday, ahead of the completion of phase one of the much hyped 22.7 billion mixed-use development on Thika Road.

The project, owned in part by London-based private equity firm Actis, covers 33,000 square metres of retail space and is designed to attract high end shoppers, including wealthy tourists.

It features brands such Game – a subsidiary of South African retail Massmart, Nakumatt, KFC, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery.

Phase one of the project, which is being undertaken by Mentor Management, involves the development of 33,000 square metres of retail space and 76 two and three-bedroom apartments and town houses.

The mall will eventually be connected to Garden City, a 32-acre mixed use development featuring 50,000 square metres of retail space, 20,000 square metres of office space, 420 apartments and town houses, 120-key business hotel and a three-acre park.

Actis director Michael Turner recently told journalists that phase one of the project was “almost fully leased” and the firm was expecting half of their retail tenants to open on May 28.

“We are very excited to open our doors and invite everyone inside to start shopping, and to begin growing our Garden City community,” he said.

Garden City Mall, which is touted as the second largest mall in East Africa after the upcoming Two Rivers Mall in Runda, was scheduled to open last December, but the developer pushed the date forward by five months.

It joins several upcoming shopping malls on Thika Road such as Thika Road Mall (TRM), Juja City Mall, Kenyatta University’s UniCity, Mountain Mall and Ananas Mall, which came up shortly after the expansion of the busy highway.