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A photo of the new Checkers centre in Louis Trichardt taken a week before its opening in November 2010.











Solly Noor Properties’ latest development in Louis Trichardt was a breath of new life in the town’s central business area.

Since November 2010 the town boasts with its own Checkers Hyper store in a brand new centre on the corner of Songozwi and Munnik Street. The store officially opened on November 24.

Construction work at the new site started in October 2009. The new centre covers roughly 12 000m² and is designed at three levels, the bottom level being a basement parking area.

The anchor tenants are Checkers, First National Bank and Nedbank.

The Checkers Hyper store takes up almost 4700m² , which allows them ample space for their various departments such as a bakery, butchery, fresh food and vegetables section and a winery. A Checkers pharmacy is also in the pipeline.

First National Bank takes up roughly 2 100m² of lettable space. Their neighbours are Nedbank, taking up some 1000m². This means that the centre is a very convenient place for consumers to do all their banking.

Several smaller shops have taken up residence at the new centre, including a Galitos, Pie City and Old-Fashioned Fish & Chips franchise. The top storey will comprise some 1880m² of A-grade office space.

The design of the centre is based on contemporary style with a mixture of materials between face brick,stone cladding and plastered walls.

The basement parking area can accommodate 100 vehicles and at ground level, 150 parking spaces are available. The basement has a payment parking system, with the first hour being free. 

The new Checkers Hyper also has a proper on-site delivery bay, able to accommodate three delivery trucks at a time. This will solve the problem of the traffic congestion experienced at the old store in Munnik Street. 

As for shopping comfort, it is notable that the centre’s parking area has been done with paving without grooves, in other words a smooth surface for shopping trolleys. Customers can also make use of a two-trolley lift leading up from the basement to and from the ground-level shopping area. The chronic water shortages in town are also not a problem with the centre having its own borehole and 20 000-litre emergency water supply. Both Checkers and FNB also have emergency power supply units.

The whole centre, including the parking area, is under constant video surveillance. The basement entrance also boasts the latest control systems.

The centre was designed by Osglo Architects, a company that has almost become synonymous with the Noor Group’s development projects. The initial groundwork was done by Rubicon Construction. The structural engineers were KB Structural, with Quanti Serv acting as quantity surveyors. VSV was the electrical engineers with Piet van Staden of Usna Builders being the main body contractor. This is the latest shopping centre this winning team has worked on for Solly Noor Properties.

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