By Idris Aina
One month after the official opening of the Maryland Mall located along Ikorodu Road, Lagos, a visit to the mall showed that residents are not warming up to the new shopping mall just yet.
An InsideMainland correspondent visited the shopping mall which was predicted to serve shoppers resident in Maryland, Mende, Anthony, Obanikoro, Ilupeju and its environs but discovered that the mall had an average turn out of customers at a time where other Shoprite outlets are usually filled to the brim.
It was also discovered that the Shoprite outlet in the mall doesn’t have customer favourite sections such as the baking section, pasta section and the food serving section where shoppers grab essential groceries like freshly baked bread, delicious snacks, well cooked meals, meat stew sauce and a host of other needed foodstuffs.
While the Maryland mall also bothers about space constraint considering the small portion of land it occupies, almost half of the 32 stores in the mall are yet to officially open to customers. The Stanbic Bank Outlet, Funtastica Land, and other popular outlets housed in the mall are yet to open for business.
However, shoppers and other visitors of the Maryland Mall can visit places such as the Genesis Cinemas, Barcelos, The Place, TECNO, Chicken Republic, Samsung, and the Twice As Nice outlets in the mall that has officially opened for business since the commissioning of the mall several weeks ago.
A visitor of the mall who spoke to InsideMainland disclosed that “it is much easier to shop at the mall for customers who are in a hurry and do not want to spend much time at the mall.” He further added that the “turn out of customers also depends on the outlets yet to open for business but it can get better with time.”