Mozambique’s Baía Mall has been formally inaugurated by President Filipe Nyusi.
The 30,000 m2 shopping centre, on the Maputo coastal road, is the largest mall in Mozambique. It has space for over 100 shops and restaurants. The anchor tenant is South African supermarket Game, the third branch of the chain to open in Mozambique. Besides Game, South African chains Premier Superspar, Woolworths and Mr Price have opened branches in the new mall. Other occupants include five Mozambican commercial banks, a gym and a 125-room StayEasy hotel owned by the Tsogo Sun group, the biggest hotel and tourism company in South Africa.
Baía Mall, which cost $96m, will create about 2,000 direct jobs, of which 95% are expected to go to Mozambicans. It will also generate many more indirect jobs in the chains supporting the mall. The supermarkets will stock local produce, such as chickens and vegetables from the Maputo green zone, and the restaurants will serve Mozambican dishes on their menus.
The mall, which started construction in April 2017, was built by South African private equity company Actis, who have built malls across Africa, including Kenya’s Junction Shopping Mall and Ghana’s Accra Mall. Actis holds 80% of Baía Mall’s shares.