Connecting spaces, Mixing ideas, Moving people

 

Spaces, ideas and people are the foundations of our business, the three dots that design what we do and how we do it. 

It’s always about spaces, ideas and people, which is why we’re constantly inventing and innovating, connecting these dots in ways they never have been before, uncovering the hidden potential so that we can uplift people, communities and spaces for the better on every project.

At Ancora Group, we turn retail on its head. We flip things forward for all, so that we can create opportunities, build relationships, and change lives for the better. This is why we are constantly reinventing and innovating, because in connecting the dots, we uncover hidden potential so that we can uplift businesses, people and spaces for the betterment of their communities.

As the retail property and leasing strategists for over 45 different retail centres in and outside of South Africa, with a client base including private individuals as well as listed developers and landlords, we provide a variety of services, each with a customised solution.

We draw upon years of direct experience within the local retail leasing and development market, so you can trust in our ability to provide meticulously tailored solutions for your business needs.

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Our Story

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The Beginning

Finlay Mall Leasing was born out of Finlay and Associates, a respected property company established over 30 years ago. The property management division of Finlay and Associates was acquired by Broll in June 2015, while a small portion of the team, branched off to continue with retail development under the banner of Finlay Mall Leasing. Following her appointment as Managing Director, Marianka Victor proceeded to acquire Finlay Mall Leasing in 2017

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Thereafter

Marianka Victor proceeded to establish Ancora Group – a dynamic company geared to provide comprehensive, tailored solutions to retailers and developers. From the onset, we blazed new trails and amassed proven experience in expanding existing national footprints into rural or secondary target markets. In collaboration with Finlay Mall Leasing, our team has collectively developed and managed over  937 000 m2 of retail space. This has resulted in a deep understanding of the optimal shopping centre design and tenant mix strategy required by retailers and developers for a successful venture. Backed by more than 40 years’ experience in retail, landlord and tenant representation, we are able to provide fully integrated services across a great geographic reach.


Our Contribution

We are committed to our Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) established by the United Nations

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

 

  • 100% female owned
  • 100% female board of directors
  • 60% of our workforce is female

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


  • Create challenging and stimulating job scopes
  • Provide ongoing on-the-job training and development of all employees
  • Provide career growth opportunities through dedicated career developmental planning and performance evaluations
  • Have an inclusive and empowering work environment that encourages freedom to engage and diverse thinking
  • Provide an unmatched and generous incentive and reward structure

Reduce inequality within and among countries


  •  70% of our workforce are designated as BEE
  •  60% of our workforce are designated as YOUTH
  •  Focus our recruitment on young people who need workplace skills and experience
  • Offer job security to an emerging youth market that is vulnerable to limited employment opportunities
  • Provide regular mentoring and coaching

Our unique value propositions

At Ancora Group, we turn retail on its head. We flip things forward for all, so that we can create opportunities, build relationships, and change lives for the better. This is why we are constantly reinventing and innovating, because in connecting the dots, we uncover hidden potential so that we can uplift businesses, people and spaces for the betterment of their communities.

As the retail property and leasing strategists for over 45 different retail centres in and outside of South Africa, with a client base including private individuals as well as listed developers and landlords, we provide a variety of services, each with a customised solution.

We draw upon years of direct experience within the local retail leasing and development market, so you can trust in our ability to provide meticulously tailored solutions for your business needs.

Awards

Ancora has received several awards for woman empowerment and won the 2018 Standard Bank awards for the top company in retail.
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A powerful mixture of women

Marianka Victor
CEO

Connector, mixer and mover, Marianka sees the possibility in spaces in a way others don’t. A new generation retail property specialist, she makes the right connections to realise the potential in every single project. For Marianka, it’s not only about piecing together the puzzle from inception, it’s about seizing ideas to start something entirely new, building into the sustainable economic growth and social betterment of our country. Seldom behind her desk, Marianka is on site, synchronising a developer’s dynamic needs to that of their property and its eager shoppers. She inspires the very best in her team and takes the time to uncover the true needs of the people, communities, and clients she serves.

Meryl Bessesar
Director

Meryl organises, plans, and directs the operations of Ancora Group; ensuring the team thinks and does B.R.A.V.E., functions optimally and offers seamless 360-degree retail property services. She reinvents opportunities between spaces, ideas, and people, using her expertise to untangle the most complex deals and structures. Meryl is inspired to lead ANCORA to connect the dots in a way that not only drives the company to deliver solutions that exemplify excellence, but that propel the retail industry forward. Her strong ability to build relationships has seen her carve many successful partnerships and she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the retail property industry.

Our Loyal Clients

We take pride in delivering only the best