SA’s first fully enclosed decentralised shopping centre recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hyde Park Corner in northern Johannesburg opened in 1969 with 72 shops. Since then, it has grown its tenant base to 90 office tenants and 130 retail stores, offering more than 500 international brands.
While substantial additions and alterations have been made to Hyde Park Corner over the years, keeping the centre fresh and relevant, several of its tenants have shared the half-century journey, including Galleon Pharmacy. ‘Customers who’ve spent generations building relationships gather to see friends behind the counter,’ says Rakesh Seeberath of Galleon. ‘We represent an integration of old world and new.’
The site, which spans 10 248m² office and 28 097m² retail space, was originally a farm that property developer Cecil Behrmann and his cousin Cyril developed with Murray & Roberts Construction. Now it is owned and operated by Hyprop Investments. Updates and renovations to Hyde Park Corner have, among others, included modernised lifts, glass cladding and lighting. ‘Each time a new tenant arrived, we ensured that the interior and shopfront spoke our design language and added new strength to the centre,’ says Peter Behrmann, former Hyprop CEO and Cecil’s son.
Today, Hyde Park Corner’s tenants range from art specialists and fashion boutiques to health professionals and financial services.