The decision, more than two years ago, to essentially ‘redevelop’ Ballito’s beloved Lifestyle Centre was not taken lightly. But, it seems, it was entirely the right one. The freshly revamped and upgraded centre continues to impress shoppers with new and exciting food and shopping offerings opening at a rapid rate.
When Bruce and Paul first developed the Lifestyle Centre they had no idea the impact it would have on the then small community of Ballito. Now, 14 years later, the centre has undergone a massive face lift. A change, Bruce says, which has allowed the centre to ‘move with the times’.
“The face of the North Coast has changed rapidly over the past few years, and we have had to evolve as well. Food is a huge part of our lives, and has become a big focus for us at the centre.”
By far the biggest talking point around the refurbishment has been the opening of The Market. Featuring an array of locally-created food in a carefully designed, contemporary, open-plan setting, The Market is a wonderful addition to the centre’s already impressive food offerings. And definitely a first for KZN.
And, apart from the wonderful artisan foods and drinks available at The Market, there are other exciting new restaurants, including Mythos, Lupa, Chateau Gateaux, Melissa’s, Salsa, Mo’s Noodles and Catch, to name a few. Loyal customers will be happy to know that some of their ‘old favourites’, like Beira Alta and Zara’s are also still there, revamped and fully operational.
On the shopping side, new tenants include Sportsmen’s Warehouse, Baby City and Dis-Chem, as well as The Gentry, Cook-In, Love Laugh, Salt Rock Surf, Chilloes, Kids Emporium, White Summer, Holiday and Castaway Love.
“After two years of planning and eight months of reconstruction, our vision for Lifestyle Centre to be a local, authentic and convenient shopping centre that focuses on food, family and well-being, has finally come to light,” says Bruce.
Text: Leah Shone | Photography: Barry Bowditch / www.bowditch.co.za