Ras Al Khaimah’s newest community mall, Grove Village, is set to open in March 2018.
The two-story retail centre, with gross leasable area of 5,200 sq metres, will have Organic Foods as its 1,000 sqm anchor store - the first organic supermarket in Ras al Khaimah.
Brands from Al Shaya other retail groups are also signed up to open outlets in the mall, which includes 200 parking spaces.
The story behind the mall and its development dates back a couple of years ago, when one of the founders in Master Investment Group travelled to New Zealand where he got the chance to visit the Re:start temporary shopping mall in Christchurch central city.
The idea then began to build a similar mall in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah – with an urban/industrial feeling using containers - which would be located in the heart of the emirate, and thereby making it more appealing to investors.
Grove Village will serve as a community shopping area, not only the people living in the area, but also all the tourists and people from other emirates who would come to spend time in Corniche Alqawasim area.
The name of the mall was inspired from what lays across the road, the Crimea Grove.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the CEO of Master Investment Group said, "Many of the tourists who come to Ras al Khaimah are tending to stay in the resort alongside beach. However, AED58 million project 'Grove Village' will be the attraction to the tourists from abroad and other emirates as well as local residence as a shopping and F&B destination in RAK City.”
Sheikh Abdullah added, “I believe the future of the malls in the country are the community centres, not only to serve surrounding communities with accessible and convenient location, but also to attract the tourist and the visitors with brands who would be new to Ras al Khaimah.”
The mall is expected to generate high footfall, given its prime location at the entrance of Ras al Khaimah Corniche, overlooking the creek and the mountains, surrounded by 85,000 people living within the 6km radius. The mall will also have a connection to the oldest hotel in RAK ‘Ras Al Khaimah Hotel’ and will be in close proximity to five hotels in the area.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.