Thousands of people from the length and breadth of the Ashanti Region thronged to the Kumasi City Mall (KCM) on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the much anticipated US$95 million facility.
The Mall which was opened today saw children, pupils and adults who had either sneaked out of schools or work were busily shopping or taking selfies with friends whilst others were doing window shopping.
Some travelled all the way from Obuasi, Mampong, Offinso, Sekyere Ejura, Dadieso Ejisu and neighbouring villages and towns.
Whites with different accent were also spotted busily shopping.
Almost all the shops were filled with people as shoppers queued minutes-hours to pay for products purchased especially at the Game shop.
Shoprite is yet to stock its shop.
Sellers of all kind such as PK sellers, ‘Fula’, ‘Nkyakyera’, pure water sellers, groundnut etc were also busily cashing in with their brisk business.
The euphoria on majority of their faces could tell the benefits they stand to gain from the Mall which has shops stocked with products ranging from foodstuffs and groceries, fashion and clothing, lifestyle, beauty and wellness, electronics and telecommunications.
‘We are very excited that such a Mall is opened in the city, with so many shops, we love the architectural designs, we couldn’t wait to see the opening of the Mall today,’ some of the people gaily told Ultimatefmonline.com.
High life musician Flowking Stone and his entourage and Kumawood actor Kwaku Manu were also spotted at the Mall trooping from one shop to the other to see the various items on sale.
There were lots of performances at the Mall where traditional dancers and life band performers (police band) wowed the crowd with their dancing moves.
One uniquely thing that was observed was Kente weaving, the first of its kind to be situated at a Mall in the country.
Though Sales were basically reduced to encourage buyers to shop more, shop owners were likely to make profits.
The Board Chairman of Delico Property Developments Limited and Kumasi City Mall Mr Kofi Sekyere in an interview with Ultimatefmonline.com discounted claims that products in the Mall are expensive as compared to other shops encouraging people to regularly visit the Mall as it has affordable prices.
He urged people not to be scared about the flashy nature of the Mall which is rated only for rich people.
‘People should not habour fear with the notion that prices at the Mall would be expensive, we have affordable prices. The Mall will boost the business economy of Kumasi and the region at large,’ he said.
KCM is owned by Delico Property Limited, owners of the Achimota Retail Center in Accra.
The ground breaking for the construction of the Mall was done on Saturday, June 07, 2014.
As at the time of filing this report, people were still trooping to the Mall.