Two Rivers Mall, the largest shopping centre in East Africa and now the largest mall in sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa, is a monumental structure occupying a total space of 65,000 square meters. It is a 25.1 Billion development by the Centum Group that is majority owned by Kenyan known Billionaire Chris Kirubi (58%). Other owners include the Aviation Industry Corporation of China – Avic International (39%) and state-owned investment firm ICDC (3%).
The Mall got its name from the River Rui Ruaka and River Gachie which perimeter and source water for use in the mall.
It officially opened its doors to the public on 14th February, 2017- Valentine’s Day. In the two weeks after its opening, approximately 10,000 people visited the mall every day, recording the most traffic in the city.
It is located on Limuru Road in Ruaka-Nairobi, one of the fastest growing residential areas by population, hosting the young middle class. It also neighbors the Runda, Muthaiga, and Gigiri estates which are some of the high end neighborhoods in the city. The Mall also sits near many embassies and the United Nations’ headquarters in Africa.
The Mall offers everything including a 170 room City Lodge, low-rise office blocks, a shopping centre, a five start hotel, a three star hotel, and medium density luxurious residential homes that were built by the China’s CATIC and local sub-contractors. It also boasts of 18 escalators, 22 lifts and 4 travellators.
The Mall is meticulous and organized, with its walls painted magnificently in different colors and with beautiful artwork. Its exterior has a huge screen displaying or informing visitors of an array of services and goods that are offered at the mall.
French retailer Carrefour, a global hyper mat that operates more than 12,000 outlets globally, is the anchor tenant at the Two Rivers Mall – with Turkish luxury fashion line LC Waikiki, Woolworths, Hugo Boss and Nike being some of the mall’s tenants.
Other shops include the Chandarana Foodplus, another local chain that operates medium-sized supermarkets in the city, Cafes, Banks, Restaurants & Cinema, Cards, Gifts & Books, Children’s Fashion & Accessories, Electrical Retailers, Health & Beauty, Home Furnishings, Jewellery, Ladies and Men’s Fashions, Mobile Phones, Music, Games and Toys, Services, Specialty Shops, Sporting Equipment and Apparel. There are over 200 international and local retail stores in the establishment