IKEA Batu Kawan Now OPEN!!!

IKEA Batu Kawan

Batu Kawan- IKEA Batu Kawan is finally OPEN!! PENANGITES, especially those on Penang mainland can now have easier accessibility to the well-known Swedish furniture brand IKEA after its first store in northern region is opened in Batu Kawan today. Previously, IKEA fans in the northern region had to travel to Selangor to shop for IKEA’s affordable furnitures.
The new IKEA store has a 470,146sq ft retail space. The Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, along with the Minister of Finance, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng were present to officiate the opening of the store. Images above shows that the store is now thronged with people coming from all over Penang as roads heading to Batu Kawan are all congested and the mall is packed with people.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow lauded IKEA for successfully establishing their first store in the northern region. “Batu Kawan in Penang is set to undergo a major transformation into a vibrant area. It is the state’s aspiration to develop Batu Kawan to be a modern and intelligent township."

"I am certain that together with other catalyst projects in Batu Kawan, IKEA will provide a great boost to Penang's economy. IKEA is like a magnet to Batu Kawan. The store will not only attract millions of shoppers, but it will bring hundreds of new jobs, create spin-off business for suppliers, draw in tourists and new investors," he said.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the store was the result of a RM650 million investment made by IKEA. "The large investment highlights the level of confidence a well-renowned global company has in Malaysia. This will contribute positively to the regional economy," he said in his speech at the grand opening ceremony this morning.

Lim said the development was an example of 4P partnership, a collaboration between the public, private, people and professionals. "It is my hope that our success in Batu Kawan could be replicated elsewhere in the country so that we can raise the quality and the quantum of our economic growth that can be enjoyed by all Malaysians. I am happy to learn that this IKEA store has been built with sustainability in mind, which proves that sustainability can contribute positively to making a profitable business decision."

"With nearly a million households residing just within an hour drive from the store, the opening of IKEA Batu Kawan will open up new avenue for private consumption, and more importantly, by creating more than 300 new jobs especially in retailing and logistics for Penangites as well as for Kedahans," he added, noting that IKEA Batu Kawan has a special place in his heart.

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