Friday, 9 February 2018

(The Star) Mall in i-City a blend of Malaysia-Thai concepts

The new Central i-City shopping centre is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of the year.

It is a collaboration between its Thai developer and investor, Public Company Ltd’s (CPN) and i-City Properties Sdn Bhd

For CPN, which is located in Central Pattana, the project is its maiden international regional shopping centre.

Among the anchor tenants are Sogo Department Store, Village Grocer and TGV Cinemas.

Housing the first IMAX screen in the region, TGV Cinemas will have eight digital screens to cater to a maximum of 1,800 movie-goers.

CPN Thailand chief operating officer Pakorn Partanapat said Central i-City represented the company’s first step as a regional player in shopping centre development and Malaysia continued to be the most significant international tourism partner.

“This project, with a gross development value of RM850mil, is expected to transform the retail experience for Malaysians, offering a marriage between Thai hospitality and Malaysian friendliness.

(From left) Dylan, i-Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Kim Hong, Pakorn, SOGO Department Store group chairman Datuk Mohamed Khadar Merican, and Village Grocer group executive director Ivan Tan at the event.

“With the expertise in Malaysia and CPN’s proposition of providing lifestyle experiences, we hope to deliver a superior shopping experience, fulfilling every need and lifestyle of Malaysian customers,” he said during the launch of the anchor tenants.

He added that their goal for the shopping centre was also to boost the new standard of mall-tenant relationship as a means to ensure a win-win solution for everyone, other than offering new experiences to the customers.

CPN Malaysia chief operating officer Anthony Dylan said Central i-City would feature a harmonious blend of Malaysia and Thailand-inspired innovation and concepts in its layout, retail offerings and facilities.

“The iconic 940,000sq ft shopping centre will feature 350 retail shops with three levels of basement carpark and six levels of retail shops. We are proud to work with the tenants that are household names in Malaysia and the region,” he added.

Dylan highlighted that they were looking forward to the launch of the mall, and hoped it would eventually grow to become the central point and destination of choice for people in Klang and Shah Alam.

During the launch, guests were also introduced to the mall’s official website and shown a short clip of the construction of the mall.

Feng shui master Kenny Hoo also gave a feng shui talk, offering tips for attracting wealth and luck for the year, and the fortune of each zodiac this year.

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