New mall to liven up Putrajaya

Source: The Star

The newly opened IOI City Mall in Putrajaya welcomed hundreds of shoppers who witnessed its soft launch yesterday.

“It is a very integrated mall with four anchor tenants namely Parkson, Tesco, Aeon Index Living Mall and Homepro,

“We are also anxiously waiting for the opening of GSC’s 13-screen cinema, which features two IMAX screens, in January,” said IOI Properties Group Berhad chief executive officer Lee Yeow Seng after the soft launch at the concourse level.

The mall opened its doors earlier in the week.

Yeow Seng said traffic to the 1.5mil sq ft mall has been unexpectedly smooth since its opening as most of its tenants had opened for business on Thursday.

The mall in Putrajaya is located at the entrance to IOI Resort City spanning across three levels of retail space with 350 tenants.

During the soft launch, Yeow Seng together with IOI Group executive chairman Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng dotted the eyes of the lion during the “lion awakening” ceremony to mark the start of the auspicious day.

They were later joined by IOI Properties Group Berhad director Datuk Lee Yeow Chor to witness a special lion dance performance by world champions Kun Seng Keng troupe and a lively dance routine by a group of local performers.

Come December, 85% of the shops will be in operation while another 15% will be leased out by Chinese New Year next year, said the mall’s general manager Chris Chong.

“We are excited to have IOI City Mall here in Putrajaya to serve residents in Putrajaya, Kajang and Seri Kembangan, as well as an alternative option for those living in Puchong,” he said when met after the event.

Chong said shuttle service to the mall was also available from various bus and train stations around the area such as Kajang Sentral, Putrajaya Sentral and the Serdang KTM station.

After the ceremony, guests were taken on a short tour around the mall where the group made stops at the outdoor musical fountain for a short presentation.

They then proceeded to the soon-to-be-opened District 21, a 70,000 sq ft entertainment park and the RM10mil Olympic-sized ice-skating rink where they were entertained by several Malaysian figure skaters.