Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

Canal Walk will upgrade mall with Ratanga Junction rides

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Canal Walk shopping centre has revealed that part of its renovations will see the return of some of the thrilling rides we loved at Ratanga Junction.

As reported by Cape Town ETC, Hyprop Investments announced, on Tuesday, that the company would be funnelling a total of R58-million towards the refurbishment of its malls’ food offerings.

Canal Walk will feature a piece of Ratanga Junction

A bulk of this, according to the retail conglomerate, will be spent on Canal Walk mall, in Century City.

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The renovations will focus on the food court, bringing more exciting options than the common fast food joints they have, and its outside area.

Hyprop CEO Morne Wilken noted that, after a positive 2017/2018 financial year, domestic trading conditions will not be so kind this time around.

Wilken largely attributed this to market and investment uncertainty ahead of the upcoming general elections.

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Nonetheless, he said, it was critical that Hyprop continued to show faith in the market by making this investment “in order to keep the South Africa portfolio relevant”.

This exciting installation should prop Canal Walk’s international standard up a notch.

Which rides will be added at Ratanga Family Entertainment centre?

Thousands of thrillseekers were crushed when Ratanga closed its doors. Luckily — thanks to Hyprop — that goodbye was not forever because the augmented version of the theme park will be moved to the shopping mall.

It will be known as the Ratanga Family Entertainment park.

It will include international rides such as the White Water slides, the Petz carousel, Bubble Boats for the kids, and paddle boats for adults, among others.

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When will the entertainment centre be ready?

Wilken confirmed that the new development would be complete and open for business before the end of 2019.

Moreover, the centre will operate strictly on a cashless card system “that will automatically update with any tickets or coupons won by visitors.”

The new additions to the food court will only arrive in 2020, with renovations set to begin in the first quarter.

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This, Hyprop noted, should go a long way in increasing purchase activity in the mall’s food court, but also in retaining their visitors.

“The revamp and expansion will not only enable Canal Walk to attract the entire range of gourmets from ‘quick-and-easy’ to connoisseur but is in keeping with the family-oriented nature of Canal Walk by providing children’s entertainment in close proximity to the eating area,” Wilken said.

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