By  on November 11, 2011

JOHANNESBURG — It was just the shot of adrenaline the South African retail scene needed.
In one fell swoop, the new 322,800-square-foot Protea Court extension at the sprawling Sandton City mall in Johannesburg opened, with fast-fashion giant Zara as the anchor tenant and main attraction.

At a cocktail reception to mark the opening earlier this week, the most coveted invitation was not that of Sandton City; it was the Zara launch.  While a plastic wristband guaranteed access to the mall’s party, only an orange, blue or white string bracelet allowed access into Zara’s cordoned premises.

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