Witnessing Agra’s recent ground breaking for its new Lafrenz branch are, from the left, Francois Retief (Axel Dainat Architects), Flip de Bruyn (Agra: Finance) Tian Wehlitz (Namibia Construction), Dawn Adams (Dawn Adams Quantity Surveyors), Hans Peter Schultz (Namibia Construction), Peter Kazmaier (Agra: CEO), Henning Tiemann (Agra: Properties), Arnold Klein (Agra: Retail), Abelene Boer (Agra: Marketing), Axel Dainat (Axel Dainat Architects)Anton Nel (Namibia Construction) Sven, Herbert Lerch (SCE) Fred Van Zyl (Namibia Construction).
Agra officially started the construction phase of its new retail branch in Lafrenz Industrial township north of Windhoek, in August with a ground-breaking ceremony. After the ceremony Agra said the Lafrenz development will become the group’s flagship branch but the branch and premises at Auas Valley will continue with its business. The Lafrenz branch is constructed on a 25,539 m2 plot formed by combining four industrial erven. The agri-leader said its investment will exceed N$100 million once the whole project has been completed.
“Initially 5400m2 comprising the retail shop, warehousing, office and administration are to be constructed under roof, while parking facilities, loading ramps and an extensive yard for products like fencing materials and water tanks will be provided. “Agra will be the sole tenant of the development upon completion in early 2015; with a possibility of other tenants to take up additional space in the future. The branch will further serve the community with a host of convenient services and facilities to make the Agra retail experience even more tailored to its core agriculture related clientele and the general public. Sufficient space is reserved for future expansion of the Agra operations which will be constructed as needed. The site will have direct access from the B1 national road; provide wider carriageways for larger vehicles, ample parking area and loading platforms for added convenience in loading and offloading of bulk stock and large equipment supplies according to Henning Tiemann, Senior manager, Properties at Agra. The professional team consists of Axel Dainat Architects, Dawn Adams Quantity Surveyors, Seelenbinder Consulting Engineers, Namibia Construction and Menduletu Planning and Development Consultants.