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For the first time in the history of
the federal capital, residents can shop at a real
The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2013.
It might be
difficult to believe, but the last time Islamabad had a
similar multi-storey shopping complex was the Awami Markaz —
the utility store-disguised-as-mall back in the ‘90s.
Hundreds of Islooites thronged The Centaurus Mall on Sunday
as it opened its door for public for the first time.
The four-storey mall, which has around 250 shops, is being
opened in phases. For now, the mall’s ground and first
floors have been launched.
“The Centaurus Mall will feature a five-screen cinema, a
“fun city” for children, a food court featuring
international fast food chain outlets, and four levels of
parking in the basement,” Fahad Faheem, manager development
of the Centaurus project, told The Express Tribune.
Muhammad Amir, a doctor at the Shifa International Hospital,
was visiting the mall with his wife and sons, Moonis, 11,
and Hassan, 7. Amir said the Centaurus Mall reminded him of
a mall he and his family visited in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
“It is great that we have a mall comparable to malls in the
Middle East,” Amir said. “I hope it can take off.”
Mrs Imran, who wished to be identified by her spouse’s name
only, said Islamabad residents would only come across malls
when visiting Lahore or Karachi, but now they can boast
about one in their city. “I am extremely pleased that we
have a good place to shop at last,” she said. “Not only do
they have a lot of brands under the same roof here, but also
a safe environment for shoppers.”
She said she was impressed by the variety of brands that
have set up shops at the mall.
Cinnabon — a popular American baked goods chain — Lahore’s
Al-Fatah super store and the luxury watch brand Tag Heuer
are some of the major shops that will open at the mall over
the next few weeks.
At the Concept Art Gallery on the ground floor, store
manager Sardar Abrar Riaz said he was pleased with the
turnout on the opening day.
“The customer response has been very good,” Riaz said.
“People need entertainment and security, and I feel this
mall combines both those features.”
Centaurus inaugurated by the then Prime Minister
of Pakistan Raja Parvez Ashraf along with
Chairman Pakgulf Mr. Sardar Ilyas Khan and
President Pakgulf Mr. Tanveer Ilyas Khan.
The mall has 16
escalators, panoramic lifts, CCTV cameras and back-up
generators, Faheem said. He said 80 per cent of the shops
have been booked so far. The shops have been rented out for
an average monthly rent of Rs500 per square foot, but there
are different rates for different floors.
The $350 million Centaurus project — which includes a
five-star hotel, two residential towers and a corporate
tower in addition to the mall — started in 2006. The project
attracted some controversy when the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) raised an objection on its height. The CAA claimed the
construction firm had increased the number of floors after
construction began and the Capital Development Authority (CDA)
did not receive permission from the CAA before approving the
new heights of the buildings.
Pak Gulf Construction — the real estate developer for the
Centaurus — also withheld payments for the project because
it claimed the CDA had not provided it with utility services
mentioned in the original agreement between the two parties.
However, in September 2012, the developer and CDA reached an
agreement regarding the establishment of a grid station for
ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the
history of the federal capital, residents can shop at a real
shopping mall where all kinds of facilities are available to
Daily Time, 09 March, 2013
The Centaurus is believed to be the largest mall in
Pakistan. Planned with in-depth research and benchmarked
with the best in the world, the mall would bring a
completely new experience for the people of Pakistan, Ghayas
Abbasi, the spokesman for Pak-Gulf Construction, the firm
building The Centaurus, told Daily Times. The official said
that there are more consumption opportunities in the mall
than any other shopping centre, adding that it is a
five-storey building that includes a large sport complex,
multiplex cinema, restaurants and around 250 shops. “The
developer is also going to build a five-star hotel as part
of the complex,” he added.
The spokesman described the development as “Pakistan’s
largest shopping mall”, which is expected to create direct
consumption opportunities for about 15,000 to 20,000 people
at the same time.
Abbasi told Daily Times that covering a large piece of land,
the mall had a five-screen cinema, premium shopping options,
gaming zones, roof gardens, fine dining options like never
before, hypermarkets and a multi-level parking space.
“People are excited in the sense that they will get more
opportunity to shop and more brands will be coming,” he
added. “The Centaurus Mall will also feature a ‘fun city’
for children and a food court, featuring outlets of
international fast-food chains” Abbasi said.
The $350 million Centaurus project in the capital started in
2006 and opened in February of this year, following a very
good response from customers.
“The mall has 16 escalators, panoramic lifts, CCTV cameras
and back-up generators, providing an entertaining and secure
environment for customers and shopkeepers,” he said. The
mall – the largest in Pakistan in terms of built-up space,
largest number of shopping outlets and entertainment options
under one roof – is expected to be completely functional
this year, he said.
Mall Opening 17th February, 2013
Ceremony of MOU b/w Pakgulf and Meezan Bank (Islamic Housing
Turkis President visit to The Centaurus, Malaysian
Ambassador visit, Lord Nazir Ahmed visit
Mr. Naveed Qamar, Mr. Ami Muqam,
CDA Chairman visit to The Centaurus