Kumasi City Mall to be officially launched today

    /    May 10, 2017   /     Ashanti, Business, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    369 Views

The Kumasi City Mall will later today [Wednesday, 10th May] be officially launched by the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.

The mall which was opened to the public last month [April] has been operating successfully following a social media troll meant to mock residents of Kumasi.

Managers of the Mall tell Kapital Business the high patronage of the facility in the past few weeks can partly be attributed to the social media troll because the facility recorded 750,000 patrons after it opened to the public in April- a development they (managers) describe as unprecedented.

“The pictures that went viral, most of them weren’t true: you can’t bring goats into a mall; it’s not possible but it also helped us. We had a special international coverage. BBC actually made a report on us and it took us international. We trended on Twitter for two weeks and everybody was talking about Kumasi Mall. People wanted to actually come and see if what they were hearing was true and when they came and it wasn’t true, they went back to talk about us, so I think it helped in a way. We wouldn’t have loved something like that to happen but as it happened it was very fruitful to us. The opening day we had 67,000 people, subsequently 45,000 people, and on May Day we had 75,000 people coming – it’s never happened anywhere in Ghana before.”

The Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II is expected to unveil a plaque and name the food court.

Other dignitaries expected at the grand opening include H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Diplomatic Corps, Chiefs and some former heads of state.

John Badu Bonsu  tells Hafiz Tijani security will be tight at the event in order to prevent anything untoward from happening.

“As we all know, wherever the president goes, there are security measures that take place, wherever the Asantehene goes there are security measures, it wouldn’t be like an ordinary person coming, so things will be a bit different but it wouldn’t be too different that it would inconvenience others, no, it is a mall it will still run, it will still operate, visitors are allowed but the security measures that are put in place when president is going somewhere will still be put in place.”

Meanwhile some patrons of the mall tell Kapital Business they were very delighted to have the mall in the Kumasi City, adding it makes shopping convenient since you’re sure to have almost everything at one place.

They are meanwhile advising management of the mall to separate the parking space for taxis from that of private vehicles in order to leave room for more convenience.

Suraya Alidu Malititi | kapital971.com

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