It’s not usual to see an entire atrium of a mall turned in to a sports arena. In the coming weeks, visitors and sports enthusiasts will see just that at Chennai’s Express Avenue Mall. Chennai will host the prestigious Squash World Cup 2023 from 13-17 June 2023.
Munish Khanna, Chief Revenue Officer, Express Avenue Mall said, “It is with great honor and gratitude that we extend our heartiest appreciations to the State Government of Tamil Nadu, the Squash Federation of India, the Chairman & Managing Director of our company, the various departments within our mall, the athletes from different countries, and the media personnel. First and foremost, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr Udhayanidhi Stalin- Honourable Minister for Youth Welfare and Sport Development for choosing our mall as the venue partner for this prestigious sporting event. Sir your decision reflects the belief in our capabilities and their trust in our ability to deliver an exceptional experience. We are immensely honored to have been given this opportunity to host an international event of this magnitude. It is through your unwavering support and encouragement sir that we have been able to make this dream a reality.”
“We also extend our sincere thanks to Mr Ramachandran, Chairman the Squash Federation for their partnership and collaboration. Your commitment to promoting squash and fostering sporting excellence is truly commendable. We are honored to be chosen as the venue partner for this significant event, and we promise to provide a world-class facility that will showcase the skills and sportsmanship of the participating athletes.”
“Today, as we stand in our magnificent mall and atrium, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to Ms Saroj Goenka – Chairman & Mrs Kavita Singhania -Managing Director of Express Avenue. It is through your vision, dedication, and leadership that this truly world-class facility has been built. The Mall’s iconic design, state-of-the-art amenities, and commitment to sustainability have set new standards of excellence. We are grateful for their unwavering support and for creating a venue that not only caters to the needs of our community but also attracts visitors from far and wide.”
“Our heartfelt thanks also go to the various departments within our mall, including operations, marketing, event management, security, and hospitality, for their tireless efforts in setting up the venue and ensuring the success of this event. Mr Rajrishi Tiwari- GM Events and his team’s attention to detail, professionalism, and commitment to excellence have been instrumental in creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the athletes’ performance and the enjoyment of spectators,” noted Khanna.
“To the athletes from different countries, we extend our warmest welcome. Your participation in this event adds a vibrant and competitive spirit that transcends borders and unites us all in the love of sports. We admire your dedication, hard work, and passion for your respective disciplines. We are honored to host you and provide a platform for you to showcase your incredible skills on an international stage,” he added.
“Last but certainly not least, we express our sincere gratitude to the media personnel. Their role in capturing and sharing the stories, triumphs, and inspiring moments of this event is invaluable. Through their coverage, they bring the excitement and energy of this event to a global audience, and we are grateful for their commitment to spreading the joy of sports,” summed up Khanna in a note shared with this publication.
Express Avenue was inaugurated in 2010 and has ever been one of the most favourite shopping destinations in the city, due to its prime location. City dwellers from the 70s – 90s would fondly recall the Express Printing Press that was located here during the time where The Indian Express newspaper functioned.
The main anchor stores at the mall include H&M, Marks & Spencer, Hamleys, Forever 21, Lifestyle Department Store, Tata Westside, Pantaloons family store, Home Centre, Max, Reliance Smart Bazaar, Reliance Trends, Reliance Digital, Starbucks, Burger King, Krispy Kreme, Funcity, Timezone, Play n Learn.
Built at an estimated cost of Rs. 75 Cr (USD 91 Mn) and spruced up every few years, the Express Avenue Estate is spread over 10 acres and offers 17.50 lakh (1.7 mn) sq ft of commercial spaces. With over 10 lakh (1 mn) sq ft, the shopping mall houses over 220+ international, domestic and regional brands and offers 5 levels of an unparalleled, world class shopping experience. E Hotel, a 44 key 4-star boutique offering also operates within the premises.
Chennai’s famed Satyam Cinemas (now PVR) set foot here when the mall opened 13 years ago. With 8 screens and 1,600 seats, the theatre has been known for its world class cinema watching experience with comfortable seating, delicious food and the unmissable popcorn. The cinema has been among the most visited by the city’s entertainment enthusiasts all these years. California-based Giovanni Castor played a key role in the overall design of the theatres.