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.
|Design Village in Penang, the first factory outlet in Penang. (Image Source: Design Village Facebook Page)|
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.
|Genting Premium Outlets, artist impression (Image source: Resorts World Genting)|
|Kuala Lumpur International Outlet (KLIO) at Cyberjaya, (Artist impression by Horizon Group)|
Kuala Lumpur International Outlet 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 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.
|Sunway Ipoh Premium Outlets. (Artist impression by Sunway Group)|
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)|
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.
|Oriental Village in Langkawi was the first factory outlet concept which did not do well, but is still there today.|
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.