|Patrons waiting for the Chop Bar to open|
Kofi Sekyere, Chairman of the Board of Delico Achimota Limited, owners of the recently opened Achimota Retail Centre (ARC), says Ghana has the right environment for investment despite the current economic challenges.
According to Mr Sekyere, the $60 million project was a long-term investment that would yield a considerable amount of returns in future.
Speaking to journalists at the official opening on Thursday, the board chairman expressed optimistic that Ghana would surmount the current economic challenges.
“Right now you know there are economic challenges but this is an investment looking into the future. We cannot just invest for a particular time. We believe that Ghana has the right environment, the challenges that we face, I think we will surmount them,” Mr Sekyere said.
The new shopping centre near the St John’s Grammar School sits on a total land area of 35,790m², of which 14,622m². It has a total of over 45 line shops and two anchor tenants – Shoprite and Palace.
The grand opening attracted many people that converged on the facility to have fun.
Mr Sekyere added that the retail centre was expected to employ over 500 people mostly from surrounding communities and at least 50 employees permanently to ensure management of the facilities.
A spacious parking area with capacity for about 600 cars, of which 300 constitute an undercover basement parking, is part of a string of modern architectural principles and special amenities incorporated in the mall’s design by the owners.
This, according to the owners, is to ensure optimum convenience and enrich the overall shopping experience of customers and visitors to the centre.
Ultramodern Chop Bar
One unique feature of Achimota Retail Centre is its varied chain of eateries, numbering nine in all, including an ultra modern chop bar and a uniquely Ghanaian gourmet outlet.
According to its managers, the chop bar serves a wide range of local dishes to all its customers, who want to have a feel of Ghanaian dishes and African dishes.
The retail centre will offer non-stop entertainment, give-aways and lots of funfair for families, children and shoppers over the next four days.