• Staff writer


Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town recently celebrated 21 years of retail excellence. When it opened, it was billed as the most ambitious retail development in Africa. It was acquired by its current co-owners Hyprop Investments (80%) and Ellerine Bros Ltd (20%) in 2003. The centre has evolved and expanded to meet shopper needs and retailer concepts, extending and updating its offerings. It has also kept pace with rapidly advancing technology, such as providing free uncapped WiFi.

Key to Canal Walk’s success is its accessibility, convenient trading hours and wide variety of brands, leisure and entertainment, all located under one roof. The role it plays for its community also makes it a real asset. It is central to the Century City development – a 250ha business and lifestyle precinct with a mixed-use urban environment which combines office, retail, residential and leisure components. Canal Walk also benefits from excellent access directly from the N1, and is close to the Cape Town CBD and surrounding suburbs.

For making Cape Town greener and more environmentally sustainable, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) awarded Canal Walk a 5-Star Existing Building Performance v1 green rating last year. Contributing to its eco-friendly operation is its waste yard with on-site recycling and composting, which diverts refuse from landfill. It has also added greater water efficiency to its operations by using grey water, and adding more water-efficient features to its bathrooms.


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