LAHORE (Staff Report) – British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr Philip Barton paid a visit to Pakistan’s largest and most innovatively planned retail complex – The Emporium Mall – located at Johar Town.

The new 11-storey Emporium Mall is being developed over a land area of over 2 million square feet and is set to open to the public in 2016.

During his visit, Mr Barton was apprised on the Mall’s dynamic and unique features; a nine screen cinema complex, the country’s largest food court, banquet halls, restaurants and eateries, a dedicated high fashion retail area The Boulevard, a kids recreational zone, a gold market, the renowned 5 star Nishat Hotel and the Mall’s hypermarket.

Chairman Nishat Group, Mian Mohammad Mansha was also present on the occasion and elaborated on the goals and progress of the project, specifically citing how this mall is manifest of the Nishat Group’s commitment to pioneering and scaling retail in Pakistan.

Mr Mansha also highlighted the project’s CSR initiatives, including a meal program which provides nutritional and consistent means to over 2,000 employees working at the site on a daily basis. He also spoke about how the project had contributed to the local economy and had generated more than 10,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities since its development.

Speaking about the Mall, Mr Mansha said: “With the aim to regenerate consumer vitality and introduce a premium retail experience to Pakistan, Nishat Group is proud to showcase the country’s most ambitious retail complex, The Emporium Mall.

“This landmark project is set to change the commercial face of the city and make it a retail destination of choice for people across the country and indeed, the region.”

The Emporium Mall is being developed in accordance with international standards of quality in the retail sector and its team has engaged a special panel of international consultants to ensure that the Mall incorporates international retail best practices. The panel comprises of Australian retail consultant Tony Davis, project architects Marcus Wilkins & Ali Naqvi from AHR-Global, UK, security consultants WSP, UK, wayfinding consultants Design Technique, UK and lighting consultants Electrolyte, UK.

It is a part of the Nishat Group of companies, one of the region’s leading and most diverse business groups with commercial interests in the finance, insurance, cement, textile, paper, power, dairy, hospitality and aviation sectors amongst others in Pakistan.