The multi-million dollar West Hills Mall, Accra’s newest and trendiest destination for one-stop retail shopping was officially launched on Tuesday by President John Dramani Mahama.
President Mahama, accompanied by the visiting Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, cut the tape to mark the official launch onto the Ghanaian retail market of the 27,500 square metre mall accommodating two anchor tenants and 63 line shops.
The gates of the mall and the shops had been open to the public earlier on October 30, 2014 for commercial operations.
West Hills Mall is located in Western Accra at Dunkonah near Weija, off the Accra-Cape Coast Highway and with Palace and Shoprite as its anchor tenants, it is touted as the biggest one-stop retail shopping facility in West Africa.
The Mall offers a wide variety of product categories including lifestyle, beauty and wellness; electrical, electronics and telecommunications; banking, and financial services; a pharmacy with outpatient consulting facilities; restaurants; budget as well as designer fashion and clothing stores; gifts and high value merchandise.
Before he cut the tape, President Mahama commended the developers for an investment which will immensely benefit Ghanaian and the neighbouring communities.
He was delighted about the presence of Ghanaian companies and brands on the mall’s tenant list, describing the mall as a potential outlet for showcasing and promoting Ghana-made products.
The President, in reference to the developers’ decision to build similar malls in Kumasi and Achimota, described the development strategy of Delico Property Development Limited, as highly commendable and in line with the government’s vision of promoting the consumption of made-in-Ghana goods and services through modern retail platforms.
President Mahama was also full of praise for Delico’s courage in choosing to build an ultra-modern mall outside the busy inner perimeter of the capital’s business district and in the seemingly less privileged western part of Accra, urging other developers and investors to follow Delico’s example.
Mr. Kofi Sekyere, Chairman of West Hills Mall, disclosed that the idea of generating a commercially viable business enclave within the Dunkonah land bank owned by SSNIT was conceived long ago in the boardroom of Sandpark Properties Limited, a Ghanaian incorporated Real Estate Development Company with which he was closely associated.
“What stands here today as the biggest retail shopping centre in our dear country, was envisioned more than six years ago, to set an entirely new standard in comparative one-stop destination shopping in Ghana.
“The dream that fuelled this vision sought to provide the City of Accra with a world-class infrastructure to deliver to Ghanaians a uniquely rewarding experience in modern retail shopping. This also brings on board top-end business, social and recreational services to the communities located on the western side of the capital,” said Mr. Sekyere.
West Hills Mall is a private-public partnership, a joint venture owned by Delico Property Development Limited, through which South African property development giant Atterbury participates in the project and Social Security & National Investment Trust (SSNIT), with Delico holding a 60% stake in the mall while SSNIT commands 40%.
Among the 63 line shops at the mall are some popular Ghanaian brands such as Woodin, New York Sizzlers, Palace, Exotic Trend, Silverbird, Nallem Clothing, Life Healthcare and Global Access Saving & Loan which are poised to brush shoulders with accomplished brands like Edgars, American Swiss, Foschini, Mango and Woolworths.