As the upgrading of The City Mall, Onikan, nears completion, high profile companies are already taking tenancy at the Mall. Among the newest tenants are Genesis Cinemas, a leading Nigerian cinema brand, and Playzone, a fast growing family entertainment brand in Nigeria.
Both companies recently signed a contract with Ibukun Efuntayo & Company, the property manager of The City Mall, thus confirming their tenancy.
Mr Emmanuel Efuntayo, Principal Consultant, Ibukun Efuntayo & Company, welcomed the new tenants, assuring that they would greatly benefit from the on-going renovation exercise at the Lagos City Mall.
He said: “We are indeed happy that these two high profile tenants are coming on board the City Mall, which we believe will add more to the footfalls at the Mall. People don’t just go to the malls for sight-seeing or services per se, but also for the tenant mix and their offerings, and we believe that Genesis and Playzone coming on board will boost that mix and offerings”.
Efuntayo reiterated the commitment and readiness of his firm to continually provide the neccessary services required in making making the Mall a safe and secure place where people would always want to visit.
The managements of both Genesis Cinemas and Playzone expressed their joy and excitement at the prospect of opening shop at The City Mall.
Opeyemi Ajayi, General Manager, Genesis Group, disclosed that the cinema’s coming to the City Mall was based on the conviction that the Mall would soon become a vibrant location once again, given the huge efforts by the current managers at repositioning it.
He noted: “We believe in the plans and efforts of the City Mall management to turn the place to a vibrant location for the people on the Island. We bought into that plan because usually malls need cinemas and we think it’s a good business opportunity to partner with the new City Mall.”
Opeyemi assured movie goers of the same quality of service and interesting movie experiences which they encounter in other Genesis Cinemas.
Dr. Akinyemi, Chief Operating Officer, Play Zone, explained that malls around the world are fast becoming entertainment centres adding that the new City Mall has the potentials and facilities to serve their customers well.
She said: “We are exited about joining Genesis Cinemas here at the new City Mall because the trend with malls now is that they are fast becoming entertainment centres. With the cinema you also would need a game centre, and from what we can see with the on-going renovations the City Mall will soon become vibrant once again”.
On what games lovers should expect from Play Zone at The City Mall, Akinyemi said: “We are going to tailor our shop a little differently. We are going to have a restuarant in the game centre, a mini bowling alley, a lot more games and a toy shop. So we are hoping to provide a lot more services than we currently do in our flagship store”.
Both Opeyemi and Akinyemi expressed hopes that the City Mall management would deliver on the promise of ensuring that the Mall is a place people would love to visit.
Efuntayo called on other businesses to take advantage of the upgraded facilities at the City Mall and come on board as tenants. He noted that that this step would afford them the opportunity of reaching out to their customers on the Lagos Island and environs.
It would be recalled that the management of The City Mall recently announced the installation of brand-new escalators as part of the on-going renovation process.