Abu Dhabi-based retailer LuLu Group is developing a second LuLu shopping mall, hotel and international convention centre in Kerala’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.
Spread over 19 acres on the National Highway in Akkulam, this will be the second biggest shopping mall in India after the LuLu mall in Kochi.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone for the mixed-use project in a function presided over by prominent leaders, including ministers, said Yusuff Ali M.A., managing director of LuLu Group.
Slated to open by early 2019, it will house a LuLu hypermarket as the anchor store and will include brands in fashion, cosmetics, home furnishing and jewellery. It will also feature an amusement centre, multiplex and a food court.
Being built at an estimated cost of $300 million, the LuLu Mall will have a built-up area of more than two million square feet across four floors along with the 150-room luxury hotel and convention centre.
The project is the largest private investment in Kerala in recent times. The Kerala Chief Minister assured his support in making the project a success. Other attractions include a family amusement centre, a food court with a capacity for 3,500 guests, restaurants, coffee shops and a nine-screen multiplex.
The mall, designed by UK-based Design International consultants, will have parking for 3,000 cars with easy access from all main roads and will adopt the latest traffic management systems.