Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of the top 50 largest malls in the world and claims to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Construction commenced on 3 March 1998 and the mall officially opened in September 2001. Gateway has almost all of South Africa's and most major international retail stores. Gateway sees more than two million visitors coming through its doors per month. The centre was modeled on the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall centres and was developed by Old Mutual Properties. The construction and opening of Gateway Theatre of Shopping has also been the driving force for many new developments in the area. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the establishment of Gateway on the site has led to the development of a new town centre and both commercial and residential developments within the region. There is also a hotel attached to the mall called the Gateway Hotel operated by the Three Cities Group.