R35m upgrade for Tokai On Main shopping centre

Food Lovers Market, R35m upgrade for Tokai On Main shopping centre, Rabie.co.za

Food Lovers Market at Tokai on Main

A R35million upgrade and redevelopment of the Tokai on Main Shopping Centre in Main Road, Tokai which includes a new, state-of-the-art 3500 square metre Food Lovers Market, is nearing completion.

Colin Anderson, a director of the Rabie Property Group, said the building work had been completed and final touches were now being done.  He said the Food Lovers Market had accounted for the bulk of the redevelopment – which included raising the roof to bring in natural light – with five other shops being closed or relocated to make way for the enlarged store.  The group’s largest store in the Western Cape, the Food Lovers Market had opened in December and was trading way ahead of expectations attracting customers from far afield.

“As a fresh produce emporium it is really spectacular offering not only a huge variety of fruit and vegetables but also cheeses, meat, fish, chocolates and pasta. There is also a general grocery department, a bakery, a deli, a sushi bar, coffee shop, biltong bar, wood burning pizza oven and wine bar.”

Anderson said the incredible support from local shoppers justified the upgrade as there had certainly been a pent up demand for genuine convenience retailing in the area.  “And the increased foot count the new Food Lovers Market is drawing to the centre will no doubt improve the trading density of all the tenants.”

Graeme Liebenberg, Group Property & Business Development Manager, of Food Lovers Market, said the store had exceeded all expectations in terms of sales performance “which bears testimony to the fact that we are providing what the consumer is looking for”.

“The new Food Lovers Market gives the customer the ‘Theatre of Food’ experience, which is unique in South African food retail and brings a level of excitement to an otherwise mundane experience.  The Tokai Food Lovers Market is the latest example of our innovation and years of constantly analyzing international food trends offering the customer an experience that is right on the forefront of global food retail and which could be in New York, Paris or London.”

The shopping centre, which is managed by Rabie Property Administrators, includes Baby City, Sportsmans Warehouse, Super Plants, Postnet and Dial a Bed. This too has received a facelift with work now nearing completion.  The redevelopment had also improved the parking flows while still retaining in excess of 370 parking bays.

The redevelopment of the shopping centre, along with other large urban renewal projects in the area including the upgrade of the nearby Blue Route centre, was assisting the repositioning of the area as a strong commercial node and there had also been a strong pick up of inquiries for the adjacent offices in recent months, said Anderson.

3 Comments
  • CA Meijer

    February 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Congratulations on this new Tokai on Main development. There are unfortunately some teething problems and I would appreciate your telling me when these issues will be fixed.

    1. When the green metal containers(an eyesore that make it difficult to see traffic) be removed?
    2. When will the rubble be removed?
    3. When will the parking of trucks on the pavement leading to Tokai Villas cease? This makes driving dangerous since visibility is reduced.
    4. The Food Lovers’ Market is operating forklift trucks in areas where other vehicles and pedestrians are moving. This is very dangerous, extremely stupid and almost certainly in violation of health and safety regulations. It is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. If you have not alerted them to yo this fact I would urge you to do so and to provide me with such an assurance.

    A copy of this submission has also been emailed to info@rabie.co.za so that in the event of a serious accident, it will be clear that you have been given notice of the hazardous conditions that currently exist.

    Once again, congratulations. If the above issues have are attended to you will have made a worthwhile contribution to the area.

    Yours sincerely
    CA Meijer

    • Natasha

      February 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Dear Carl
      Thank you so much for your good wishes and constructive criticism.
      With regard to your question on the removal of the green metal containers, these are currently serving as storage areas for the contractors but will be removed from site on 7 February.
      The rubble is being removed today.
      With regard to the trucks, we can assure you that the Managing Agents and Food Lovers Market are meeting continuously to resolve this and other operational issues that have arisen due to the unprecedented success of the store which has seen it trading way above expectations. Food Lovers Market has committed to resolving these operational issues as soon as possible.
      The issue of forklifts has also been addressed and Food Lovers Market has undertaken not to use these in public areas in future.
      We hope that this addresses your concerns accordingly.
      Again thank you for your constructive feedback.

  • shopping centre

    March 1, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I think that the redevelopment of the shopping centre is a good thing – CA Meijer, I assume you are a long time user of the Tokai centre, but good things come to those who wait 🙂

    I hope they are using some local contractors and workers for the upgrade – this is what SA needs.