Sunway Putra Mall

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Sunway Putra Mall
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening date 12 June 1987 as The Mall
28 May 2015 as Sunway Putra Mall
Developer Metroplex Holdings
(1987–2011)
Sunway Group
(2011–present)
Owner Metroplex Holdings
(1987–2011)
Sunway Group
(2011–present)
Total retail floor area over 560,000 sq ft [1]
No. of floors 8 [2]
Website www.sunwayputramall.com

Sunway Putra Mall, previously known as The Mall or Putra Place, is a shopping mall located along Jalan Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is situated across the street from the Putra World Trade Centre and the Seri Pacific Hotel.

History[edit]

The exterior of The Mall and Legend Hotel in 2007
The Mall under renovation, September 2013

The complex, known as "The Mall" at that time, was built by Metroplex Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (MHSB)[3] and opened on 12 June 1987 by Mahathir bin Mohamad, then prime minister, who personally buried a time capsule that will be unearthed after a century, in 2087. The capsule contains a message written by Mahathir and is addressed to the citizens of the future.[4]

At the time, The Mall was the largest shopping centre in Malaysia and was built to attract more shoppers from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.[5] It was built at cost of RM289 million and it was launched by a light show.[6] The complex once had Malaysia's first Yaohan store which operated from the mall's opening in 1987 until 1997 before its bankruptcy in Japan.[7]

In March 2011, Putra Place, which consists of The Mall, Legend Hotel (now known as Sunway Putra Hotel) and an office block, was acquired by Sunway REIT under Sunway Group for RM513.94 million in a public auction and they spent RM307 million in refurbishment costs.[8] The refurbishment started in May 2013 and reopened as "Sunway Putra Mall" on 28 May 2015.[9][10] Sunway Putra Mall repositioned itself as an urban-chic lifestyle mall and houses 300 outlets.[11]

Public transit[edit]

A pedestrian bridge that connects PWTC LRT station, Putra Komuter station, Putra World Trade Centre, Seri Pacific Hotel, Putra Bus Terminal and Sunway Putra Mall is made available to allow commuters and pedestrians to move with ease.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunway REIT aims for full occupancy of Sunway Putra Mall". The Edge Financial Daily. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  2. ^ "About Us - Sunway Putra Mall". 
  3. ^ "New Straits Times Malaysia". New Straits Times Malaysia. 1987-10-07. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  4. ^ "New Straits Times Malaysia". New Straits Times Malaysia. 1987-07-13. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Times National Malaysia". Times National Malaysia. 1987-10-07. 
  6. ^ "New Straits Times Malaysia". New Straits Times Malaysia. 1987-07-13. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  7. ^ "The Mall "invasion"". New Straits Times. 1987-05-17. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Putra Mall to re-open by mid-2015". Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "RM300m overhaul for ex-Yaohan mall". 
  10. ^ "Exciting tenants unveiled ahead of Sunway Putra Mall's opening on 28 May 2015". 
  11. ^ "Sunway REIT aims for full occupancy of Sunway Putra Mall". The Edge Financial Daily. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Pedestrian bridge near PWTC area almost complete". The Star Online. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 

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Coordinates: 3°9′59.92″N 101°41′31.71″E / 3.1666444°N 101.6921417°E / 3.1666444; 101.6921417