AN ENERGETIC TEAM OF INTREPID ENTREPRENEURS, FRESH THINKERS AND PROPERTY DEVELOPERS
In 2016, Murray saw an opportunity to amalgamate his love of retail with entrepreneurship. Sharing Proproyale’s vision for a community-conscious South Africa, Big Box provides entrepreneurs with a unique retail platform and access to operational expertise in the retail industry.
Our Big Boxes
Retail trends indicate a strong movement to high entertainment, small-format offerings. There is also a considerable need to formalise what has previously been an informal sector within South Africa’s urban retail nodes. Traditional shopping centres offer very little or no retail space for start-up companies, which is where we step in. Our sustainable, trend-led designs offer us a point of difference within a sector where trading densities are growing faster than rental escalations. As the Big Box brand expands across the country, we believe a tribe of like-minded start-ups, shoppers and stakeholders will join us on our journey.
Why Big Box
Made with bricks, mortar and retrofitted shipping containers, each Big Box is designed to create an immersive shopping experience for it’s surrounding community. Like any successful retail experience, each Big Box is placed in high traffic commuter areas, supported by the presence of national brands. However, we don’t fill our Big Boxes with tenants. We fill them with entrepreneurs. And we aren’t typical landlords. We’re facilitators of big dreams. When we invite someone to open up shop, we automatically enrol them into our Big Box Life Project which is dedicated to funding and mentoring the brightest stars in our communities.
“Big Box helped me understand that my dream was possible. Their support and guidance has been tremendous and they constantly check in to see how I’m progressing. I think that Big Box has been the ultimate reason for the success of INK Foods. Sure I’m confident in our offering, but Big Box helped me to package it and bring the dream to real life.”
- SIZWE ZULU, INK FOODS