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Hangar 18 acquires Hemingways Mall

Hangar 18 acquires Baywest Mall, Hemingways Mall in billion-rand deal

*  This article was published by News 24 on 20 March 2024. 

Two of the Eastern Cape’s largest shopping centres – Baywest Mall in Nelson Mandela Bay and Hemingways Mall in Buffalo City have changed ownership. 

In a media statement issued by Hangar 18, it was announced that the super-regional malls, previously under business rescue since 2022, have been acquired by the South African property company for R1.3 billion each in September 2023. These properties have now completed the transition to their new ownership.

“We are very excited with the acquisition of Baywest and Hemingways, and have enjoyed our interactions with our centre management teams, tenants and shoppers. First and foremost, we, as a business, look to form close working relationships with our tenants,” said Hangar 18 Co-Founder and joint CEO Marc Edwards.

” The acquisition of the malls along with Hangar 18’s acquisition (also out of business rescue) of the Gauteng based malls Forest Hill City, Bloed Street Mall and Sunny Park Shopping Centre saved more than 50 jobs, as well as hundreds more indirect jobs of the tenants and service providers who work at the malls.

The 90,000 square metre Baywest Mall opened its doors in May 2015 and the 74,000 square metre Hemingways Mall opened in 2009. Both are firm favourites for shoppers living in and visiting the two metros of the Eastern Cape,” the media statement said. 

Edwards said, 

“We are excited to take ownership of these landmark properties and look forward to bringing fresh new energy and ideas which we hope will translate in an enhanced customer experience. We have clear plans for each of the Malls and look forward to rolling out our strategy with our shoppers, tenants, and staff. We are encouraged by the development of the residential node surrounding Baywest and believe that this will continue, bringing more shoppers to the mall. Hemingways is well established in its community, and we plan to enhance its look and feel over time.”

The new owners have a long history in the property industry in both listed and unlisted properties in South Africa and abroad,” the media statement added. 

“We have excellent relationships with banks, capital providers, national tenants and listed real estate investment trusts. We will be using this network of contacts and the company’s expertise to manage the properties in a very hands-on way,” said Edwards.

Edwards further said, “The team at Hangar 18, with the support of centre management staff, intend being actively involved in the local community, including forming close relationships with local schools where the malls will become an integral part of the surrounding communities.”

He stressed that the focus for now will be on “doing the basics right” and offering a shopping experience deserving of the local and visiting shopper at both Hemingways Mall and Baywest Mall.

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