The wait is finally over. Vijayawada’s first ever shopping mall, the LEPL ICON is ready to open on July 17th. Located beside Stella College on the lane adjoining NH5, the shopping cum cinema centre is the first of its kind in Coastal Andhra. The opening of the mall has been delayed several times due to the difficulties in obtaining required permissions from the local authorities.
The mall is coming up with Shoppers Stop as the Anchor Tenant. It also includes 3 screens from INOX multiplex and a spacious food court which has KFC & few other leading food chains. In addition to these many other retail Stores like Lifestyle, spar, and many other world class brands are also opening up.
The mall has been constructed with a total built up are of 2 Lakh Square feet. Anchor tenant Shoppers Stop is going to occupy 75000 square feet out of the total area & the INOX theatres are going to occupy 40000 square feet. The total built up area of the food courts is going to be 25000 square feet. Parking is one of the main issues to be addressed anywhere in Vijayawada, and for this purpose ample space of 80000 square feet has been allocated in the Shopping Mall.
All these years’ only movies were the main source of entertainment for the people of Vijayawada. The addition of this Mall has given a fresh breath of air to people especially youth who love to hangout with friends. P.Harsha a 4th year B.tech student said that “Till now only movies are our only source of entertainment in Vijayawada. Now that this new mall is opening up, we can hang out with our friends & have a nice time in the food court where KFC is also present. I hope to see many more world class malls opening up in Vijayawada”.
The management has un-officially opened the mall a week back for the trial run wherein Shoppers stop was open to the public. Now that it is being opened officially on 17th July means that it would be open officially to one and all from 17th.