AMPA Skywalk is located on Poonamallee High Road (PH Road) at the intersection of Nelson Manickam Road and PH Road and will have a total leasable space of approximately 3,00,000 sq ft, making it the largest mall in west Chennai. When fully operational, the mall can house 90 stores, with anchor stores like Westside, Star India Bazaar (the first hyper-mart in Chennai), Landmark and PVR Cinemas. Retail names such as McDonald's, KFC, Giordano, Titan, Benetton, Levis, Baccarose, Nike, Dockers, Van Heusen, Wills Lifestyle, Bossini, Adidas, Reebok, Planet M, Bose, Biba, Mustard and Louis Philippe have already planned to open shop here. Along with familiar names, many international brands are making their Chennai entry in this mall and the consumer response to AMPA Skywalk is expected to be extremely positive given the strategic location and this tenancy mix.
In addition to the retail space, the current plans include a seven-screen multiplex on 50,000 sq ft operated by PVR Cinemas, who will make their Chennai entry with this mall, a large specialty food court, fine dining including names TGIF (the first in Chennai) and a family entertainment zone. The mall will have over 1,200 parking spaces across two basements and a multi-level car park (of 12 levels) and the terrace. In addition to this, the mall will also house a 20-room boutique hotel. Spread over three acres, AMPA Skywalk is expected to cater to the shopping needs of central and western Chennai. The mall has been developed by Ampa Housing and is designed by Cheralathan Architects. The mall is expected to open by Diwali 2009; retail levels of ground to third floor are expected to open by the first week of September.
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Express Avenue, which is located on Club House Road, off Anna Salai will have a total leasable retail space of approximately 9 lakh sq ft, thereby making it the largest mall not just in Chennai, but South India. The mall will be surrounded by roads on all four sides - Anna Salai, Pattulos Road, Woods Road and Whites Road - which makes it easily accessible. Spread over 11 acres, Express Avenue is expected to become the premier retail destination in Chennai.
On completion, it will surpass the previously largest mall in Chennai, Spencer Plaza in terms of size. When fully occupied and operational, the mall is slated to house around 200 retailers and will have anchor space taken up by the Future Group and the Landmark Group. With such a large size, Express Avenue enables itself to cater to the demand of all formats of shopping needed in Chennai.
The conceptual design of the mall is by SAA Architects of Singapore and the firm, Design Plus, the architect. The design incorporates green building features and promises to be a benchmark of class in Indian retail. The construction is being carried out by BL Kashyap. The mall is expected to show that with the right blend of good design, top brand names and a central location, a mall in Chennai can be highly successful. This mall is expected to open by end of 2009.
Three levels of retail
A mix of 200 luxury, premium and popular brands
An exclusive entertainment zone
Eight-screen multiplex set across 70,000 sq ft
A 50,000-sq ft specialty food court
1 lakh sq ft boutique hotel
Parking to accommodate 1,700 cars across 3 levels
Ample two-wheeler parking