Melcom Opens Achimota Branch
Melcom Group of Companies has inaugurated a magnificent shopping mall at Achimota in Accra to resume business in the area.
This comes five years after the company’s rented building at Achimota collapsed, claiming 14 lives and leaving scores injured.
The four-storey facility was opened for business on Wendnesday, after the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, cut the tape to inaugurate the mall.
The opening of the Achimota branch edifice brings to 38 the number of outlets the company has in the country since it began operation in the Accra central business area in 1989.
Currently, Melcom has branches in all the regional capitals and some metropolitan areas, with a resolve to expand its business to strategic locations across the districts in the coming years.
At the colourful ceremony to inaugurate the building, Mr Ahomka-Lindsay underscored the need for all business entities to put in place structural and security measures within their premises to guarantee the safety of patrons.
“Retail business entities need to upgrade their physical infrastructure and meet all the requirements for operation because if we can thrive in the retail sector, we need to have a safe and secure environment,” he stressed.
Touching on the safety requirements for the building, the Communications Director of Melcom Group of Companies, Mr Godwin Avenorgbor, said all structural and safety requirements were adhered to in putting up the edifice.
“The processes we went through to get this (structure) built were meticulous because the lessons of the past have taught us to be more prudent, assertive and security conscious in demanding for the kind of quality we need to ensure that we operate in a safe environment.
“This shop is not a rented premise as was the case a few years ago. We engaged with experts, including engineers and architects, before putting up the building so there are no structural defects of any kind.
“So, as for this particular building, nothing can bring it down,” he said.