Sunday, 6 March 2011

ONE UTAMA





1 Utama

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1 Utama
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1 Utama Shopping Mall
LocationBandar UtamaPetaling JayaSelangorMalaysia
Opening date1995
DeveloperSee Hoy Chan
OwnerSee Hoy Chan
No. of stores and services600+
No. of floors4
1 Utama is a popular shopping mall in Bandar Utama, a suburb in the northern part of Petaling Jaya and is located just opposite Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city ofMalaysia.
The Old Wing, comprising the retail precincts of Centre Court, Promenade Lakeside and Courtyard as well as Jusco departmental store and supermarket, was opened in 1995. It is developed by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd. However, the management of the mall is contracted to ÆON Co. (M) Bhd., the operator of Jusco chain of stores until August 2010. Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd. has taken over the management of the Old Wing since August 2010. The Courtyard precint is currently undergoing major renovation and upon completion, Jusco will be reopening its departmental store which has since closed and relocate its supermarket to this section.
The New Wing, contains a newer and bigger shops comprising the retail precincts of Promenade, Rainforest, Highstreet and Oval as well as Entertainment Zone, Parksondepartmental store and Cold Storage supermarket is operated and developed by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd. It was opened in December 2003[1] and was officially opened by the Sultan of Selangor, HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on April 2, 2004.
Its gross built-up area totals 5,000,000 square feet (465,000 m²) [1][2], and it is one of the largest shopping centres in Malaysia.

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[edit]Visitors

1 Utama receives roughly 60,000 to 90,000 visitors every weekday, and as many as 120,000 on weekends according to the management. Its occupancy rate is 98%.[1] This is higher than Centrepoint, a competing mall in the same township (although it is nowhere near the size of 1 Utama). Further away (less than 2 km), in the adjacent township, are malls such as The CurveIkeaCathay Cineleisure with 10 screens under Cathay Cineplex and Ikano.

[edit]Tenants

Its anchor tenants are Jusco department store (currently closed for renovation) and supermarket, Parkson departmental store as well as Cold Storage supermarket. Other notable tenants are MPHFrench ConnectionCoachArmani ExchangeDKNYBCBG MaxazriaMassimo DuttiZaraRaoulTop ShopTop ManGapToys 'R' UsLaura AshleyMiss SelfridgeCalvin KleinTommy HilfigerChanelBoseKodak,Pierre CardinPadini Concept StoreLacosteForever 21Marks and Spencer and many more.
There are also numerous restaurants including: A&WBurger KingKFCMcDonaldsPizza HutChilli's BarStarbucksNando'sItaliannies,Carl's Jr.Coffee BeanKenny Rogers Roasters and many more.
1 Utama is also the only shopping complex in Malaysia to house two major cinemas. On the Old Wing is the 7-screen TGV Cinemas(currently closed for renovation) and on the New Wing is the 13-screen Golden Screen Cinemas.[1] The Golden Screen Cinemas includes a 30-seater Gold Class hall while the other 12 halls feature comfortable and spacious seating.

[edit]Bus hub

The Bandar Utama bus hub is also located in the vicinity of 1 Utama.

[edit]Naming confusion

There is a great deal of dispute over whether the name of the mall is "One Utama" or "1 Utama". A recent press release by the management (Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn. Bhd.) states that the official name is 1 Utama Shopping Centre and not "One Utama" or "1-Utama". This move was meant to limit the confusion of its name, although either one of the mentioned names are easily understood and cannot be confused because of their same meaning.
1 Utama is also popularly known as "One (1) U".

[edit]Awards

1 Utama was named "Shopping Complex of the Year" at the Retail World Excellence Awards 2006/07. As of 2006, a 20-storey corporate office tower (occupied by IBM and KPMG) has been completed and a 428-room 5-star hotel attached to the mall is planned to open the following year.[3]
There exists a free shuttle service from several areas such as the Kelana Jaya LRT station and Sunrise Mont Kiara to increase accessibility. Apart from that, the 1 Utama has recently introduced a new shuttle service to and from Cyberjaya. However, this shuttle service is not free and costs RM3.00 per trip (coupons need to be purchased at 1 Utama's Customer Information Counter).

[edit]Notes and references

  1. a b c d Gomez, Jennifer (May 11, 2006). "Many firsts for 1Utama", p. 22. The Sun (Malaysia).
  2. ^ "About us". 1 Utama official site. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ Yap, Kenny (Mar. 20, 2006). "1 Utama wins platinum award", p. 21. The Sun (Malaysia).

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