Friday, November 18, 2016

Factory Outlets in Malaysia


Over the years, numerous Factory Outlets in Malaysia have opened and soon, there will be another major one opening in 2017. Malaysians have always traveled overseas to shop and in the last five years or so, international brands have made their way into Malaysia offering choices of cheap factory outlet shopping here. 

These factory outlets in Malaysia are located in different states and some of them require some traveling to get to them. However, with the Malaysian economy going strong for certain sectors, this has invited others to consider opening in Malaysia as the country is trying to brand itself as a shopping hub. 

I would also like to remind you not be confused with some local Malaysian brands as the companies have named themselves as factory outlet like Factory Outlet Store (FOS) which is on a very small scale and more to retail as you can find them in just about any of the shopping malls in Malaysia. In the consumers mind, a factory outlet is a specialized place where reputable well known brands can retail their past seasons collection at a special discounted price. 

Factory Outlets in Malaysia
Johor Premium Outlets, the first Premium Outlet in Malaysia (Image from Gaya Travel)
Johor Premium Outlets (JPO)
The first proper factory outlet to enter Malaysia is the Johor Premium Outlets or JPO as most locals call it. Their strategy was to open in the state of Johor which neighbors Singapore and in the up and coming development of the Iskandar Region. The Johor Premium Outlets opened in December 2011 and has catered to most Malaysians and Southeast Asians. 

In terms of volume, JPO sees an average of 4 million visitors yearly which include locals and tourist and brands you can find here range from most international and local names. The beauty about JPO is that it is located in Iskandar nearby Legoland Malaysia and some other smaller theme parks and attractions. As the first factory outlet in Malaysia, and under Simon Genting group, they have made a name for themselves catering to many tourist visiting Malaysia. 

Website: http://premiumoutlets.com.my/

One of the outlet stores at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA
Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang
The second largest factory outlet to open in Malaysia is the over-anticipated Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA (MOP) which opened in May 2015. This was the talk of town back then as many consumers in the Klang Valley were excited as it would only take one hour to drive to this new Japanese named factory outlet on the way to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or KLIA. The MOP also serves as a shopping stop for travelers who are transiting at KLIA or KLIA2 and also for those travelers leaving Malaysia, have one last shopping stop before they reach the airport. 

Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA offers shoppers a total of 128 shopping outlets occupying a massive area of 25,000 square meters, while the location of this outlet is perfect as it is strategically located just 6 km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the new KLIA2. On of the highlights here is Japan Avenue, which is a place that exhibits and promotes authentic Japanese products, technology, cuisine, service and entertainment. All items are imported directly from Japan and is branded as a space to experience Japanese culture.

By 2021, Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang will be the largest outlet mall in Southeast Asia where a total of 190 shops will be available after the expansion, which is supposedly completed by 2018. 

Website: https://www.mitsuioutletparkklia.com.my/


Freeport A'Famosa Outlet Village in Melaka (Image Source: Azyyati Liah)
Freeport A'Famosa Outlet Melaka
This is the latest factory outlet to open in Malaysia where this London based company has joined venture with the A'Famosa group to bring this factory outlet to Melaka. Opened in November 2015, Freeport AFamosa Outlet plans to hit a target of 2.5 million visitors by the first year. This is also the first phase of the factory outlet where the architecture of the outlet is themed on Malacca’s Dutch heritage. Walking around here, you will see a series of open-air plazas and features a windmill, fountains, gardens and a beautiful carousel.

This factory outlet in Melaka also takes up around 180,000 square feet and houses around 70 tenants which include known brands like Clarks, Nike, Esprit, Puma, Geox, G2000, Cotton On, Carlo Rino, Forever 21, Samsonite, Saccor, Folli Follie, Camel and many more including kids stores, food and perfumes. 

Phase 2 of Freeport AFamosa Outlet is scheduled to open in 2018 where another 40 retail stores being added, bringing the total to 110 outlets here. This place is also located about two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur in the A'Famosa Resort on route to Melaka, Johor and Singapore.

Website: http://www.freeportafamosa.com/

Design Village in Penang, the first factory outlet in Penang. (Image Source: Design Village Facebook Page)
Design Village Penang
Update 23rd Nov - Design Village Penang is opening at 6.00pm 23rd November. Design Village is the latest factory outlet mall in Penang is supposed to open in November 2016 but there could be a slight delay in the opening. News states that the new Penang Factory Outlet is scheduled to open by end November 2016. Design Village also brands itself as the biggest outlet mall in Malaysia which is located only 5 minutes from the Penang Second Bridge near Batu Kawan. This outlet mall is also the first of its kind in the northern region of Malaysia, catering to locals and tourist. 
Artist Impression of Penang's Design Village.
(Image source: Design Village Facebook Page)

Design Village will feature luxury fashion labels, premium and high street brands, kids, sports and outdoor selections, F&B outlets, cafés and speciality lifestyle stores. In total, there are 150 stores planned in an area of 400,000 square feet.

The landscape will be themed as a tropical garden setting to suite the Malaysian climate and the single-storey semi-open air mall will feature cool weather-sheltered walkways for visitors.

Malaysia's biggest Adidas outlet will open here while the first outlet stores for Aldo and Bata will also be one of the tenants. Other branded retailers include Banana Republic, Guess, Padini Concept Store, Sacoor Brothers, Samsonite and Starbucks. For travelers, there is the Travel For All Outlet store and for leather lovers, the first Leather Made Outlet store will also be opened here. Design Village Outlet Mall will provide daily shuttle services to and from hotels and the airport.

Design Village Outlet Mall is also developed by PE Land, which also owns and runs The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching, Sarawak and operates under a mixed-use site that will include a hotel and also high-end condominiums.

Website: http://designvillage.today/

Genting Premium Outlets, artist impression (Image source: Resorts World Genting)
Genting Premium Outlets (GPO)
The latest factory outlet in Malaysia to open in 2017 is no other than the much talked about Genting Premium Outlets (GPO) which is also part of Resorts World plan to make Genting Highlands the entertainment and shopping hub of central Malaysia. This will complement the also soon to open 20th Century Fox World Theme Park Genting which is the first in the world too. The Genting Premium Outlet is located in Awana, which is the lower section of Genting Highlands and will be supported by a number of hotels and a new cable car system. 

Genting Premium Outlets is sized at 600,000 square feet in gross area and also houses 150 local and international designer names that will be tenants, making this one of the top premium factory outlets to date. Brands include Michael Kors, Aigner, Salvatore Ferragamo, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Burberry, Canali, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Furla, Guy Laroche, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more therefore you know you will be getting some of the best brand names here. The GPO will also be be known as Southeast Asia's first hilltop premium outlet alongside with the 20th Century Fox World Genting theme park. To get here, it is only an hours drive from Kuala Lumpur city. 

With all the factory outlets being already opened, there are a couple more in the pipeline which are also scheduled to open in the next few years which include;

Kuala Lumpur International Outlet (KLIO) at Cyberjaya, (Artist impression by Horizon Group)
Kuala Lumpur International Outlets (KLIO)
Horizon Village Outlets (HVO)
Another massive factory outlet in Malaysia which is set to make headlines is the Kuala Lumpur International Outlet or KLIO which was originally planned in 2014 and was scheduled to open in 2016 or 2017. But to date, after we checked online, there has been no news or information that has surfaced on this massive branded factory outlet project. It was stated in a press release a couple of years ago that the construction would begin in September 2014, with the grand opening slated for 1 July 2016.

Update April 2017: Horizon Village Outlets will open in 2018.

Kuala Lumpur International Outlet Horizon Village Outlets Sepang is joint venture with Horizon Group Properties and Mainstay Holdings Sdn Bhd, a local property and construction firm with plans to build a 400,000 square foot factory outlet in the Cyberjaya district of Selangor. One of their branding is that a large portion of KLIO will be focused entirely on luxury brands. A total of 140 stores are also planned for KLIO catering to luxury or near-luxury brands selling all kinds of merchandise in a luxurious European style setting. 

KLIO HVO will have six entrances from the car park including the drop-off area and all the outlets will be located one level above. Retailers include popular names like Coach, Nike and Polo – while other brands like Hugo Boss and Burberry offer previous season’s collections at discounted prices. The entire project is designed by an international team of architects from Ross Adams USA who worked on Horizon’s stable of outlets in the United States. To date, no added information is available therefore, we are just including this as a reference for future, if there project is still on.

Website: http://www.horizongroup.com/

Sunway Ipoh Premium Outlets. (Artist impression by Sunway Group)
Sunway Ipoh Premium Outlets / Lost World Shopping Mall
Another much awaited factory outlet in Ipoh is being planned but there is some confusion over what it will be called. To date, there are two names, one is Sunway Ipoh Premium Outlets and the other is Lost World Shopping Mall. This RM300 million project is spread over 35 acres of land near the Lost World if Tambun, Ipoh's popular water park and will adapt the same concept as Sunway Resort City in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

This massive project will also feature popular luxury outlets like Michael Kors, Coach and Kate Spade in a 600,000 square feet area. Also branded as an integrated city, Sunway Ipoh Premium Outlets or Lost World Shopping Mall will also have a hotel, theme park and shopping mall there. Plans also include 8 premium outlets which are 10,000-20,000 square feet each. To date, there has been no official announcement on when the Ipoh factory outlet will open, but a recent report in the local newspapers mentioned that the Lost World Shopping Mall will most likely open between 2017 and 2019.

The Two Rawang Outlet Mall. (Artist impression by DA Land)
The Two Shopping Outlet Mall Rawang
A mega massive project called The Two Outlet Mall in Rawang, Selangor is also taking shape and this will be one of the largest projects to day where this integrated lifestyle concept features a shopping mall with a focus on entertainment, dining and shopping through integrated developments such as an outlet mall and indoor and outdoor theme parks.

The Two Rawang will also be built on a massive 24 hectare piece of land which is slated as ambitious but interesting with a target of attracting local and international tourist who travel along the north-south expressway.  The main attraction here besides the factory outlet will be the largest indoor theme park in Southeast Asia which is also designed by the Sanderson Group.

The Two Shopping Outlet Mall is being built and operated by DA Land and will comprise of a RM 5 billion theme park, wholesale city and outlet mall will be the only integrated lifestyle project in Selangor catering to locals and tourist. The project was also officiated and launched by the Malaysian Tourism Minister. Overall, if the project moves smoothly, we could see The Two Rawang opening in 2018 or 2019.

Website: http://www.daland.com.my/

Oriental Village in Langkawi was the first factory outlet concept which did not do well, but is still there today.
First Factory Outlet in Malaysia
For the record, the first factory outlet in Malaysia was actually in Langkawi, back in early 2000 when the Oriental Village was opened to cater to the huge tourist influx of Langkawi back then. However, the factory outlet business model did not do well and eventually was forced to change its concept to just another place having some stores selling local handicraft, clothes and so on. If you are heading to the Langkawi Cable Car or Langkawi Skybridge, the Oriental Village will be the first thing you see. 

There is hope for tourism numbers to increase in Malaysia as the Ministry of Tourism has indicated that they are indeed working extra hard to bring in more tourist over the years and China being one of the main targets, however, with a population of only 30 million in Malaysia, many a concerned about the oversupply of shopping malls and factory outlets in Malaysia where it may not be a novelty anymore, especially with the growth of online shopping. 

To find out more about shopping places in Malaysia, read this article on shopping malls in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur which highlights the best places to shop in KL. But for the shopaholic or tourist, a visit to Malaysia will definitely make you visit at least one of these factory outlets in Malaysia, mainly to see what kind of offers there are, especially with the currency conversions so have a great shopping time here.

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