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Couple Start $3.5M Mall Construction

A couple has placed their faith in the future development of a budding suburb in Lautoka with a $3.5 million investment for the construction of a shopping mall. Mohammed Faiz
22 Jan 2017 11:00
Couple Start $3.5M Mall Construction
The building site ready for the construction of the new mall. Photo: Charles Chambers

A couple has placed their faith in the future development of a budding suburb in Lautoka with a $3.5 million investment for the construction of a shopping mall.

Mohammed Faiz Khan, 37, and his wife Farzana, directors of Miki’s Investments Limited and Miki’s Construction Limited on Friday poured the first load of cement for the foundation of the construction.

The two-storey 2700 square-metre mall is being constructed in Wairabetia outside Lautoka where Mr Khan was raised.

An excited Mr Khan said his decision to begin the construction was made after witnessing the congestion in the sugar city.

He said another factor was seeing people from Wairabetia, which was seven kilometres away, constantly shopping in Lautoka.

“This was especially during times of disasters like cyclones where there was no electricity,” Mr Khan said.

“This mall will have its own back-up generator so there will not be any issues in regards to electricity.

“This place will certainly raise the image of Lautoka as it would be the first mall built just outside Lautoka.”

“The bottom floor of the mall will house a supermarket, a pharmacy, hot bread and cake shop, hardware outlet and entertainment outlets,” he said.

The top floor will have five residential two-bedroom flats for rent, and two office spaces measuring 300 square metres and 180 square metres.

He said his dream to build such a complex began eight years ago but was biding his time to find the right location.

The land is on native lease and Mr Khan said he owed a big appreciation to the mataqali of Lauwaki Village, who owned the land.

Mr Khan’s appreciation saw him hire young unemployed men from the village to work in his construction company which was building the complex.

He said the building should be ready for occupation in about 14 months and he would be calling for tenders to rent the spaces available.

“This investment is close to my heart as it is being done in the area I grew up in and amongst the people I know,” Mr Khan said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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