Baywest mega-mall to provide 2 500 jobs boost for city

baywest06_news_15888_4692Nelson Mandela Bay’s battered economy will get a much-needed jobs boost of 2 500 permanent posts when the new Baywest Mall opens in Port Elizabeth in April.

Baywest said yesterday the 250 retailers to be housed at the R1.7-billion mega-mall would employ an average of about 10 workers each.

The announcement brings some relief to a city in which companies shed thousands of jobs last year just to remain open. The latest in a string of Bay companies to close, EH Walton Packaging – a 170-year-old packaging company based in Central, Port Elizabeth – was provisionally liquidated, with almost 200 people losing their jobs.

– Cindy Preller 

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3 thoughts on “Baywest mega-mall to provide 2 500 jobs boost for city

  • January 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Have you been to Moffat on Main recently the place is dying a slow death too many apples in the cart it`s like a cemetery,too many retail outlets are killing business as people have only so much to spend!

  • January 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

    There is only a certain capacity for shops in P.E. The shoppers who shop at Bay West will NOT be shopping at Greenacres or Walmer Park! I won’t miss Greenacres! It is not nice or pleasant shopping there! The parking at Greenacres and Walmer Park has been drastically reduced due to building extra shops due to sheer greed! Sometimes it is not possible to find a parking place at Walmer Park especially Saturdays!Anyone who thinks new jobs are being created is delusional as equally jobs will be shrinking elsewhere!

  • January 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Business does not come out of nowhere. These shops have to be impacting businesses elsewhere in the city, who will shed jobs or perhaps even be forced to close down so to make such a statement is a blatant lie. Only a factory, manufacturing for “export” outside of our area can claim to be creating real jobs….


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