Shopping in style

Shopping in style

MASERU-THE Masianokeng Lifestyle Centre opened its doors to the public yesterday amid pomp and fanfare.
The new centre will bring services closer to communities living in the southern parts of Maseru.

Excited shoppers queued outside Pick ‘n Pay as they jostled to shop for the first time.
The store, a mirror image of the one based at Pioneer Mall, officially opened its doors yesterday. Key tenants such as Econet shop, City Fabrix and The Pink Peony Events also opened their doors.

One of the shoppers, ’Mathabo Moeti, said she was excited to see the new centre opening to the public.
“For me it is a bargain. I will no longer go to town. My bank Nedbank is here, my preferred grocery store Pick ‘n Pay and my network service provider are here too,” Moeti said.
She said she will no longer have to rush to Pioneer Mall for shopping after work.

Another shopper who is working at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) said after knocking off from work “I can go home and refresh and still make it for grocery shopping.”
Another excited shopper said she will now save on transport as the shopping complex is within walking distance for her.
The timing is perfect, another said.

“The number of shoppers from this side will help decrease traffic especially now that we are within a Covid-19 crisis,” she said.
Another feature she loved is that the store did not compromise and open a smaller shop.

“The store is big and is not that different from the one at Pioneer Mall. This means we will find all our grocery needs here and refrain from going to town,” she said.
The prices, she said, are still reasonable.
“Even though they have a sale today not everything is on sale,” she said.
“The other prices are still reasonable.”

The Econet Public Relations Manager, Puleng Masoabi, said the shop at Masianokeng Lifestyle Centre is the 16th store countrywide.
“We want to make our services as easily accessible as possible for our clients,” Masoabi said.

“Coming here is an effort towards giving our clients efficient services without having to travel long distances,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rethabile Pule, the Financial Director at Pick ‘n Pay, said it is their plan to increase their footprint countrywide.
“All that we are waiting is for developers to develop areas and we will be there,” Pule said.

Pule said the opening of this new store is also an opportunity for local producers as they can now have a market for their quality produce.
“The plan is to buy 90 percent of fresh produce locally and as it stands we have not even reached 10 percent,” he said.
The problem, he said, is that most Basotho do not produce for commercial purposes.

“Those who do are yet to excel at succession planting to ensure ability to supply the market all seasons.”
He said the store will operate from eight in the morning to seven in the evening, giving nearby shoppers a chance to shop even after work during the week.

“We think during the week traffic will not be high. We are expecting to see a lot of traffic during the weekends.”
The shopping complex will also house Nedbank, Cashbuild and a pharmacy amongst others when all stores open.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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