(photo) Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director of IKEA Southeast Asia; Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Murly Manokharan, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aspen Vision Development Sdn Bhd; and Pathmalingam Arumugam, Store Manager, IKEA Batu Kawan shared that this new IKEA store will help turn Batu Kawan into a vibrant retail destination.
Swedish meatball fans living in Penang can rejoice as IKEA begins construction for its new branch in Penang, marking its first store in Northern Malaysia. The new store is expected to open sometime in 2019, merely an hour away from more than 825,000 households within the state.
“We have seen people from Penang drive more than 350 kilometres to shop at IKEA in Kuala Lumpur. This store in Batu Kawan will make it easy for them to come for a great day out,” states Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director of IKEA Southeast Asia.
At more than 433,000 square feet (39,979 square metres), IKEA Batu Kawan’s long-term development plan calls for IKEA to be integrated into a large shopping centre. It will also become the fourth IKEA store in Malaysia, with two in Klang Valley and another in Johor Bahru, Tebrau, slated to open by end of 2017.