The newest shopping mall South of Klang Valley is now opened. Here are some of my reviews and photos.
It’s no doubt that Malaysians spend a lot time in shopping malls. This is one of the reasons why property developers are willing to invest millions of Ringgit to build gigantic mall such as this one – the IOI City Mall, Putrajaya which was just opened on November 20th, 2014. As I live nearby, I decided to pay this mall a visit and do a simple review.
This mall is located approximately 35km south of Kuala Lumpur and it’s within the Putrajaya area. It’s built next to the SKVE (South Klang Valley Expressway) so it’s well connected to all major highways. The location of this mall seems ideal to cater for those who live or work in Seri Kembangan, Serdang, Puchong, Kajang, Bangi, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. Previously, those who reside in these areas would have to commute all the way to Sunway, Midvalley or KL to shop in a mall like this.
There are plenty of parking spaces and currently it’s still free of charge. There are four parking zones – A, B, C and D which are able to fit up to 7,200 vehicles. I was able to find a parking in Zone C, and it was on a Tuesday afternoon. As soon as I entered the mall, I noticed that there were many people although it’s a weekday. Aren’t people working? Or do they work from home just like me? 🙂
You will notice immediately that this mall is huge. When all shops are occupied, there will be 350 retailers in total. The anchor tenants are Tesco, HomePro, GSC Cinema (yet to be opened when I wrote this), Parkson and Index Living Mall.
The Tesco here looks big but I didn’t get the chance to explore just yet.
Parkson occupies at least 3 floors?
It took me about 30-40 minutes to walk through all four different floors. Most of the retailers here are not new and you can find them in most major shopping malls in the Klang Valley. Index Living Mall which is one of the anchor tenants there is a furniture store that’s trying to emulate IKEA, but with lower price tags.
If you enjoy DIY or looking for materials for home renovation, you can head to HomePro.
There are thousands of items you can find at HomePro to renovate or to build your new home. Since I’ll be moving to my new house pretty soon, this retailer is a great addition to what I need – you can find tiles, toilet bowls, kitchen sinks, electrical outlets, electrical appliances, well almost anything.
To those who enjoy dining there are already plenty of restaurants already operating – The Chicken Rice Shop, KFC, McDonald’s, Little Penang Kafe (Note: The nasi lemak ikan is tasty!), Tony Roma’s, Morganfield’s, The Manhattan Fish Market etc. all can be found here.
Family with kids will have the opportunity to socialise outside the mall as there are two pavilions with artificial grass under them.
There’s also a unique indoor entertainment park called District 21. I’ll update this blog when I have details on what this entertainment park is all about. Read here for entry price and attractions of District 21.
Icescape is an olympic size skating rink which looks bigger than the one in Sunway Pyramid.
My favourite pet store – Pet Lovers Centre is also available so I don’t have to drive on congested roads anymore to buy stuff for them.
Most shoppers will be able to enjoy themselves at this mall. It will definitely make into the list of KL’s biggest malls. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment for any age. The lack of public transportation to this mall will make it a challenge for those who don’t drive.
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