With the aim of providing more entertainment options to Guyanese and especially residents on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), former Guyanese and West Indies cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan is moving ahead with the expansion of the Amazonia Mall.
Currently, construction of Phase Two of the multi-million dollar project at Block M, Providence, EBD, is ongoing and is expected to be completed by mid-2020. Phase one of the project was completed approximately three years ago and is now home to Massy stores, the New Thriving restaurant and Fitness 53 gym. Construction of Phase Two started in October 2018.
“Presently, we have completed the foundation and flooring for the building and we are working on the external drains on the south side of the building. By the end of January, we will start erecting steel and so on,” the former cricketer told Stabroek News.
He explained that the building will be able to accommodate approximately 30 stores and there will be movie theatres, a food court, as well as a sports bar and lounge.
“‘Grand Amazonia Inc’ will house several popular fast-food chains and eateries at its pristine location – Burger King, Pizza Hut, and KFC and much more,” according to the mall’s website. It says as well that there will be restaurants offering an assortment of local creole dishes as well as a fine-dining restaurant offering traditional Indian cuisine. Local eye care provider Optique Vision Care has already signed on to open a branch at the project.
The main centre of attraction will be Caribbean Cinemas which will have six state-of-the-art theatres at the facility. It is likely to be Caribbean Cinemas’ third location in the country. The two others are located at Giftland Mall in Turkeyen and at Classic International Hotel in Corriverton, Corentyne.
“A stylish sports bar and lounge elevated to the second level of the building will offer an ambient throw-back experience to its visitors,” the website added.
Sarwan said that the project is a means of giving back to the country. From travelling extensively while being a cricketer, he said, he saw the potential of such a facility in Guyana. “It will be a modern facility to (the) country offering services to not only Guyanese but visitors as well. When we have people come to Guyana, they have places to go and they will have good things to say about the country,” he said.
The mall was described as an “opportunity to embrace an exhilarating experience of a modern shopping centre and recreational facility that will offer a wide array of goods and services which caters to your every need.”
The facility will also have an extended parking lot.