The Takoradi Mall officially opened its doors to customers on Thursday December 13, 2018 in a frenzied atmosphere.
Excited residents believed that the mall would open a new chapter in the business environment in the Western Regional capital of Sekondi/Takoradi.
Built by a Ghanaian international upstream oil and gas service company, Amaja Oil Fields, at a cost of $40 million, the mall sits on a staggering 11,000 square metres of land and currently employs 1,000 people in various units.
The Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia, who graced the occasion, said the country’s transformational agenda was a shared responsibility in which the private sector had a big role to play.
“The burden of prosperity we constantly seek as a people can no longer be carried by government alone; let us all join hands to create jobs and opportunities for our people,” Mrs Bawumia said.
She commended Shoprite, a retail supermarket in the mall for its decision to sell produce from farmers in the region.
The farmers, I am told, have undergone special training and also provided with seedlings to grow fruits and vegetables locally to be sold in the mall.
“This is very commendable and I urge the managers of the mall to exhaust all other opportunities available to boost local production,” Mrs Bawumia said, adding that, “this should be replicated in the beverages department, poultry, clothing, accessories and all other departments in the mall,” she said.
According to her, “I have no doubt that the Takoradi Mall is capable of injecting renewed energy in the manufacturing industry while creating local entrepreneurs and boosting spending in the region.”
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