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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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JOHOR BAHRU | Johor Premium Outlets Development News

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Genting, Chelsea in joint venture
Published: 2009/10/01
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/

KUALA LUMPUR: GENTING Group has signed a joint venture agreement with Chelsea Malaysia LLC to establish Chelsea Premium Outlet Centres in Malaysia.

This is through Azzon Ltd, a wholly-owned unit of Genting Plantation Bhd, which in turn is a unit of Genting Bhd.

Under the pact, the two parties will form a 50:50 joint venture called Genting Chelsea Sdn Bhd to invest and operate Premium Outlet Centres in Malaysia.

The first project is the Johor Premium Outlets in Kulai, which is expected to open in 2011.

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http://www.premiumoutlets.com/brands/

The largest center in the U.S. is Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, located one hour north of New York City in Central Valley, NY (Orange County). This Colonial American styled village center has 220 stores and is considered the showcase of the outlet industry with outlet stores from leading designers such as Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Coach, Chloé, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tod's, Tory Burch, Yves Saint Laurent and more including department store outlets: Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

An expansion of Camarillo Premium Outlets (CA) opened Spring 2009 and Cincinnati Premium Outlets opened August 6 in Monroe, Ohio.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodbur...remium_Outlets

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Genting, Simon Property Group in upscale outlet shopping JV
TheEdge 30 September 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The Genting group is teaming up with New York-listed Simon Property Group to venture into upscale outlet shopping in Malaysia under the Chelsea Premium Outlet Centres concept.

Genting said on Wednesday, Sept 30 that its 54.7%-owned Genting Plantations Bhd's unit Azzon Ltd had signed a joint venture agreement with Simon's Chelsea Malaysia LLC to establish the centres.

Under the JVA, Genting Plantations and Simon will form a 50:50 JV called Genting Chelsea Sdn Bhd to invest and operate Premium Outlet Centres in Malaysia.

The first project is the Johor Premium Outlets, to be built in Kulai, Johor, which is set to be the iconic flagship outlet centre in the Southeast Asian retail market.

Johor Premium Outlets will be located at the intersection of two major highways that serves this region and is expected to attract the local residents as well as international visitors from Southeast Asia.

Expected to open in 2011, the centre aims to synergise with Genting’s existing property operations and the group’s leisure and hospitality footprint in the region.
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Shopping hub in Johor
By LIM AI LEE November 25th, 200



Getting together: Najib (right) dining with American fund managers in New
York yesterday. Also present is CIMB Group CEO Datuk Seri Nazir Tun Razak
(fourth from right). — Bernama


NEW YORK: Malaysia is set to become a shopping paradise with the opening of a world class premium factory outlet centre that is targeted to attract about four million visitors annually.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the project, a joint venture bet-ween Chelsea Premium Outlets and Genting Group, would be developed in Johor as part of the Iskandar Malaysia project.

The Prime Minister had a discussion with representatives from the Chelsea Property Group here on Monday and was informed the project was now on track, with construction expected to take off early next year and scheduled for completion by mid-2011.

Chelsea Premium Outlets is owned by Chelsea Property Group, which is the world’s largest owner, developer and operator of upscale outlet centres in the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“It is the first (Chelsea) centre in the (Asean) region and I’m very happy that they have chosen Malaysia,” Najib said, adding that he understood other countries in the region had been trying to woo the Chelsea Group to set up the centre.

Its centre in New York – Woodbury Common – lures millions of shoppers to its discounted items of designer brands like Coach, Gucci, Zegna, and Burberry. Items, which are a season old and are between 25% and 60% cheaper.

Najib, however, said there was a slight delay in the Malay-sian project earlier as the Chelsea Group had wanted to regroup its finances during the economic crisis. “Now that they have done so, they’ve got additional reserves for the project.”

He was confident that the centre would not only boost the tourism industry but also spin off secondary business and economic activities for supporting industries.

On the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) to replace sales and service taxes, Najib said the Cabinet had decided that the Bill be presented at the end of the Parliament session for first reading.

“This will allow the public to make their comments. If we find it necessary to fine-tune, we will fine-tune.

“We will announce the rate later. It will not be a burden to the poor or even the middle class.”
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Chelsea premium outlet shopping, Johor-style
Prepare to make a border run -- real outlet shopping is coming to a Malaysia town near you
By Larry Loh, Singapore Editor



Chelsea Premium Outlets' centre in New York -- Woodbury Common --
lures millions of shoppers to its discounted items of designer brands like
Coach, Gucci, Zegna, and Burberry.


Woah, stop the presses. For a shopping-obsessed country, we're wondering why there aren't bargain-hunters running through the streets and waving their fistful of retail dollars with this piece of news -- a "world-class premium factory outlet" will start construction at Kulai, Johor early next year and will be completed by mid-2011. It will be part of the US-based Chelsea Premium Outlets chain, known for its large, upscale outlet shops that sell brand names at discounted prices in major cities around the world.

We repeat the magic words -- brand names at discounted prices.

For those not familiar with Chelsea Premium Outlets, the stores sell previous seasons' stocks at discounts of 25 to 65 per cent. For example, Woodbury Common -- Chelsea’s most famous outlet in upstate New York -- has 220 stores selling top brands such as Burberry, Prada and Giorgio Armani.

For those who already know, get out your walking shoes and warm up those credit cards.

The new Johor project is expected to attract 4 million visitors a year, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. It's a joint venture between Chelsea Premium Outlets and Genting Group that's being developed in Johor as part of the Iskandar Malaysia project, and understandably, Malaysia has bragging rights to it. "It is the first (Chelsea) center in the (Asean) region and I'm very happy that they have chosen Malaysia," said PM Najib. He said he understood other countries in the region had been trying to woo the Chelsea Group to set up the center.

According to the Straits Times, one person who is looking forward to the new store is Singaporean advertising executive Chan Jui Ping. Describing Woodbury Common as a "Disneyland for shoppers," he spent eight hours shopping for clothes at before going home with a dozen brand-name items for just US$600 two years ago. "Hopefully the outlet in Johor will be more like the one in New York."
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Shopping In Johor
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2010 By: iProperty.com
http://www.iproperty.com.my/news/1317/Shopping-In-Johor
Shopping In Johor

As the world gets smaller and the people more discerning (and affluent!), Johor is only sealing its reputation even further as a shopping paradise for the 21st century.

For decades, Johor has been known as a shopping haven, and things are not changing in the Information Age. According to figures from the State's Tourism and Domestic Trade Committee, shopping is still Johor's second-biggest source of revenue after accommodation, contributing RM13.3 million in 2008, compared to RM12.3 million in 2007.

Says Committee chairman Hoo Seong Chang, Johor is popular with the Singaporeans, Indonesians and Chinese. In fact, Johor receives more visitors from Singapore and Indonesia than any other state in Malaysia. The Committee's efforts include working on and supporting events aimed at increasing tourist arrivals and boosting revenue. These include the International Kite Festival, Desaru Pengerang International Triathlon, Johor-Singapore Second Link Bridge Run, Johor Baru International Orchid Festival, FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, World Scrabble Championship and – not to be forgotten – the Johor leg of the annual Malaysia Year End Sale.

New (Stylish) Kid on the Block

These couple of years will see shopping in Johor boosted to the next level with premier new shopping centres in Johor. One high-profile outlet coming up in Iskandar Malaysia is a premium factory outlet centre targeted to attract about 4 million visitors a year. The outlet will be a joint venture between Chelsea Premium Outlets and Genting Group, and announced with much fanfare in New York by no less than the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Construction will start early this year and is scheduled for completion by mid-2011.

Chelsea Premium Outlets is owned by Chelsea Property Group – the world’s largest owner, developer and operator of upscale outlet centres in the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“It is the first (Chelsea) centre in the (Asean) region and I’m very happy that they have chosen Malaysia,” Datuk Seri Najib said when announcing the outlet in November 2009. It was especially gratifying, given the the fact that other countries in the region had also been trying to woo the Chelsea Group. The outlet's branch in New York offers just-off-season discounted items of designer brands like Coach, Gucci, Zegna, and Burberry, at prices between 25 per cent and 60 per cent cheaper.
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Shopping In Johor
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2010 By: iProperty.com
http://www.iproperty.com.my/news/1317/Shopping-In-Johor
Shopping In Johor

As the world gets smaller and the people more discerning (and affluent!), Johor is only sealing its reputation even further as a shopping paradise for the 21st century.

For decades, Johor has been known as a shopping haven, and things are not changing in the Information Age. According to figures from the State's Tourism and Domestic Trade Committee, shopping is still Johor's second-biggest source of revenue after accommodation, contributing RM13.3 million in 2008, compared to RM12.3 million in 2007.

Says Committee chairman Hoo Seong Chang, Johor is popular with the Singaporeans, Indonesians and Chinese. In fact, Johor receives more visitors from Singapore and Indonesia than any other state in Malaysia. The Committee's efforts include working on and supporting events aimed at increasing tourist arrivals and boosting revenue. These include the International Kite Festival, Desaru Pengerang International Triathlon, Johor-Singapore Second Link Bridge Run, Johor Baru International Orchid Festival, FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, World Scrabble Championship and – not to be forgotten – the Johor leg of the annual Malaysia Year End Sale.

New (Stylish) Kid on the Block

These couple of years will see shopping in Johor boosted to the next level with premier new shopping centres in Johor. One high-profile outlet coming up in Iskandar Malaysia is a premium factory outlet centre targeted to attract about 4 million visitors a year. The outlet will be a joint venture between Chelsea Premium Outlets and Genting Group, and announced with much fanfare in New York by no less than the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Construction will start early this year and is scheduled for completion by mid-2011.

Chelsea Premium Outlets is owned by Chelsea Property Group – the world’s largest owner, developer and operator of upscale outlet centres in the United States, Japan and South Korea.

“It is the first (Chelsea) centre in the (Asean) region and I’m very happy that they have chosen Malaysia,” Datuk Seri Najib said when announcing the outlet in November 2009. It was especially gratifying, given the the fact that other countries in the region had also been trying to woo the Chelsea Group. The outlet's branch in New York offers just-off-season discounted items of designer brands like Coach, Gucci, Zegna, and Burberry, at prices between 25 per cent and 60 per cent cheaper.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:01 AM   #7
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Putting Malaysia on shopping haven world map
Tuesday October 26, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...111&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Genting’s plan to build an RM150mil Johor Premium Outlets in Genting Indahpura, Johor, is expected to put Malaysia on the world map of shopping havens.

“We are excited as it will be the first premium outlet centre for the South-East Asia retail market,” Genting Simon Sdn Bhd director Datuk Justin Leong said.

The project is a mixed development township comprising a hotel, an international water theme park and retail outlets.

Leong said the premium outlet would offer a wide selection of designer fashion products.

According to the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) Roadmap, the outlet is scheduled to start by 2013.

Two other premium outlets will be built in Sepang and Penang.

Currently, such premium outlets in Asia are located in Japan and Korea, offering luxury goods at deep discounts besides out-of-season items.

At the ETP launch yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Johor Premium Outlets would attract foreign tourists, especially Singaporeans.
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Economic Transformation Programme takes off with nine early wins
Updated: 10:28PM Mon, 25 Oct 2010
http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=53306

KUALA LUMPUR: The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) has gotten off to a strong start with nine early wins announced at its roadmap launch yesterday.

"The ETP is already delivering results. These early wins show that by focusing on action, results will flow," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. He said confirmed investments will be announced over the next few months.

"Based on our tracking, 53 ‘Entry Point Projects’ (EPPs) with a total investment value of US$97 billion (RM300.7 billion), almost 45% of the total investment targeted, are already in various active stages of engagement," he said.

The nine early wins are:

>> an initial investment of RM214 million by German firm LFoundry to relocate and set up a wafer fabrication plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah. The company plans to invest a total of RM1.9 billion in five plants over the next five years.

>> a commitment by Mydin, a large local wholesale and retail player, to invest about RM1 billion in 14 new branches over the next three years and to also assist the small sundry shops via "Project Tukar".

>> a RM1.2 billion investment in a 208-room hotel and 160-unit residence, to be managed by St Regis, an international six-star hospitality brand at KL Sentral.

>> the opening of an Eastern Hemisphere Global Financial Services Hub by Schlumberger, a renowned oilfield services player, in Bandar Utama. (This is part of the Greater KL/Klang Valley initiative to attract 100 new MNCs to relocate its operations in Kuala Lumpur by 2020).

>> a 25-year concession to WCT Berhad by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad to build and operate a RM486-million transport hub for taxis and buses, and a block of retail mall and car parks at KLIA2.

>> five bio-oil plants to be built by Premium Renewable Energy over the next five years. The first plant costing RM124 million will be located in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

>> RM26 billion development by Mubadala in collaboration with 1MDB to develop the KL International Financial District (KLIFD) on a 34ha site located near Jalan Tun Razak.

>> the selection of Asia e-University by the Higher Education Ministry as the gateway university for international education for distance and online learning. It is expected to generate a GNI of RM100 million.

>> a RM150 million investment by Johor Premium Outlets in Genting Indahpura, Johor, to offer a wide selection of designer fashions at substantial savings off regular retail prices. (This project which will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, falls within the Tourism NKEA).

Najib also announced that a four-tier ETP governance structure has been activated to ensure the timely execution and monitor the progress of the initial 131 EPPs and conversion of the 60 business opportunities into new projects.

"A clear governance structure is absolutely critical for the success of the ETP, said Najib.

"On my part, I will personally ensure that my ministers monitor the performance of their Entry Point Projects and investments, and this is part of their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)," he said, adding that the ETP is an unprecedented initiative with six unique features.

"This is a programme, not a plan. It has specific projects and action items, complete with timelines, project owners and targets. It is not merely a strategic intent, document or blueprint.

"It contains 131 Entry Point Projects, 12 lab reports, 60 Business Opportunities, all aimed to create 3.3 million incremental jobs. It is ready for action," he said.

"The ETP is for all Malaysians," said Najib, adding that the 131 EPPs are spread all across the country, with 68 for Sarawak and 71 for Sabah," he said, adding that a total of 106 of them benefit mainly the urban communities while 25 benefit the rural communities with 323,596 new jobs.

"It will also benefit the Native Customary Rights land owners, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak," Najib added.

The prime minister said that to achieve high-income nation status, Malaysia needs to grow its Gross Domestic Product by no less than 6% per annum over the next 10 years.

"For several years now, the government has been the main driver of the economy, (but) this is neither prudent nor sustainable and the private sector has to reclaim their effective role as the main engine of growth for the economy, in line with the strategy of the 10th Malaysia Plan," he added.

"We must grow the economic pie substantially. However, Malaysia can no longer be driven by past strategies based on labour intensive models," he said.

"We need to take the high-skill, high-income route quickly to become and remain competitive in the global economy. Transformation is critical. Failure is not an option," added Najib.
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RM27b investment spent in Iskandar Malaysia
Published: 2010/12/02
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

A total of RM26.89 billion or 42 per cent of the committed investments of RM64.38 billion in Iskandar Malaysia have been spent on projects on the ground as at end of September.

A statement from the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) said the 9th meeting of the Members of Authority (MoA) of IRDA, which was chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday, was pleased that several key projects were on track and ready to commence operations in 2011/2012.

These include the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (recruitment to start in 2011); Newcastle Medical University Malaysia (in October 2011); Johor Premium Outlets (in November 2011); LEGOLAND theme park in Medini North (2012); Lifestyle Retail [email protected] (2012); and Marlborough College Malaysia (2012).

Najib is the IRDA co-chairman with Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

The statement said Iskandar Malaysia's positive growth continued to be on track for 2010 with greater awareness locally and internationally.

This was achieved despite the weak worldwide economic growth last year but following a strong rebound of regional economies in 2010.

It said the meeting also discussed strategies to woo more local and foreign investments to Iskandar Malaysia.

IRDA members were also informed that Iskandar Malaysia has been in the forefront of implementing the government's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), aligned with the New Economic Model (NEM).

Seven of the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) under the ETP are being promoted in the region, it said.

The statement said several Entry Point Projects (EPPs) under the NKEAs not only offered business opportunities to local and foreign investors but also help develop Iskandar Malaysia to be "a strong and sustainable metropolis of internatioal standing".

The MoA noted that Iskandar Malaysia continues to attract interest from investors given its strategic location, strong brand, competitive cost of doing business, transparency and good investment environment.

The economic corridor attracted 58 per cent domestic and 42 per cent foreign investments, with positive outlook from Singaporeans, both in the manufacturing and services sectors.

IRDA said it is also targeting at more impactful promotions and marketing activities next year.

The MoA was also given updates on the progress of the Johor Baharu Sentral Business District Transfrmation Plan and the Iskandar Malaysia Human Capital Blueprint initiatives, among other matters. -- Bernama
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Grand Iskandar taking shape
Tuesday July 19, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=495

NUSAJAYA: There is a sense of excitement in Iskandar Malaysia as key projects in this mammoth economic corridor take shape.

One of this year's highlights will be the opening of the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) in Kulai-jaya with Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak slated to attend the opening on Nov 11.

Shoppers will be able to buy branded items at factory discounts of 25% and above for famous brands including Gucci, Prada, Coach, Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Esprit and Calvin Klein.

(The JPO is a 50:50 joint venture between Genting Group and United States based Simon Property Group).

Once completed, the gross built-up area of the JPO will be approximately 330,000 sq ft and is expected to bring in four million visitors in its first year of operations.

Besides the JPO, a number of key road infrastructure works have been completed in this vast development which is three times the size of Singapore.

Since the inception of Iskandar Malaysia in 2006, parts of the 2,217 sq km landscape which was once planted with rubber and oil palm is slowly changing with the opening of hospitals, universities, international schools, hotels, and logistics and manufacturing hubs.

Some of the eight road projects have in fact been completed ahead of schedule, namely Jalan Yahya Awal Jalan Lingkaran Dalam Interchange and the Ulu Tiram Interchange.

As for some of the development projects in Nusajaya, the Britain-based Newcastle Uni-versity Medicine Malaysia has been completed while construction of Marlborough College Iskandar is under way.

The construction of Iskandar's Legoland Malaysia theme park, also in Nusajaya, is progressing well and is scheduled to open next year.

Legoland will offer 40 interactive shows and rides along with 15,000 Lego models, including those of famous buildings. It will be the first of three planned theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia.

Two lead players involved in the planning, implementation and funding of the project are Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Khazanah Nasional-driven Iskandar Investment Bhd.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Ghani Othman, who is also co-chairman of IRDA, has been hands-on since the inception to ensure the smooth implementation of the projects by having briefings at his office in Nusajaya and at IRDA's headquarters in Danga Bay.

Ghani has been aggressively promoting Iskandar during trips abroad.

These efforts have been successful as to date, RM73.24bil of investment deals have been clinched including 41% from abroad.

“I am happy with the progress of the projects taking shape in Iskandar Malaysia.

“Some of the road projects are actually ahead of schedule,” Ghani said.

Ghani is also known to question officials whenever it comes to projects that seem to be lagging behind, including the Senai flyover built under the supervision of the Public Works Department.

He has earned a reputation for not depending on official briefings on projects and has never hesitated to visit project sites to learn first-hand about delays or the projects' pro-gress.

Singaporean interest and participation in Iskandar is also expected to be further boosted through the settling of some of the thorny issues in the Points of Agreement between Malaysia and the island republic.

“It is just a matter of time before Singa-porean companies start investing in Iskandar in a huge way due to the warming bilateral relations between both countries,” a diplomat said.

IRDA has kept the public informed of the various projects through its Open Day events, including exhibitions.

It has welcomed public feedback and suggestions, and is also engaging the Facebook generation through its Facebook page, “Friends of Iskandar Malaysia”.
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Woodbury Common comes to Kulai on 11-11-11
By NELSON BENJAMIN Tuesday July 19, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=491

JOHOR BARU: Shopping for branded products will be the attraction for visitors to Kulai after the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) opens its doors on the auspicious date of Nov 11 or 11.11.11.

Designer brands like Burberry, Coach, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Armani, Canali, Ferragamo, Tod's, Zegna, Nike and Puma will be featured in the RM149mil outlet.

The outlet will be located on an 18ha site and will sell the products, which will be a season old, at 25% to 60% cheaper than the malls.

The project is a 50-50 joint venture between Genting's 54.6% owned subsidiary Genting Plantations Bhd and Premium Outlets, a division of US-based Simon Property Group.

The outlet is about 80% complete and is based on Simon's flagship Premium Outlet “Woodbury Common” just outside New York. There are 52 such outlets in the United States, Mexico, Japan and South Korea while the JPO would be the first in South-East Asia.

A purpose-built flyover is being completed on the Second Link to ensure a smooth connection from Singapore and the North-South Expressway.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the project would significantly increase the number of visitors to the state both from other states and from Singapore.

“The JPO construction is on schedule and it will open in the third quarter of the year as scheduled,” Ghani said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to open the JPO and has indicated that it should be done on Nov 11 because of the auspicious date.

JPO director Datuk Justin Leong said the company planned to bus in visitors from all over Malaysia and Singapore, and use the Senai airport to bring in regional tourists from countries like Indonesia and Thailand.

“This is an exciting development for Johor and Malaysia as it will be a key driver for retail tourism.

This will also feature Iskandar Malaysia on the map,” he said.
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Johor Premium Outlet a dream come true for shopaholics
Wednesday July 20, 2011
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JOHOR BARU: Shopaholics will invade Kulai starting November, spinning Julius Caesar’s famous line into veni, vidi, Visa (I came, I saw, I shopped).

For these shoppers, their credit cards will perhaps be given a good workout when the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) opens on Nov 11.

Student Rhian Nicole (pic), 17, from England, said there was now another reason to visit Malaysia more often.

“I do not follow trends blindly, so it doesn’t matter to me that the goods at JPO would be one season older. I just like to buy things that look good on me,” she said.

JPO is modelled after Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which is about an hour’s drive from New York.

It is a must-stop for most Malay-sians who are in the New York area as it offers a huge collection of designer brands ranging from Armani Exchange to Zegna at big discounts.

Bank officer Ahmad Fikri Mohai-non, 26, said there was now no necessity for him to travel across the Causeway to Singapore to get desig-ner watches and bags.

Ahmad Fikri, who has a penchant for Gucci and Tissot products, said he would be eager to check out the discounts offered at JPO. Located on a 18ha site, JPO is now about 80% completed.

Johor Tourist Guides Association chairman Jimmy Leong said the association was eyeing an additional four million visitors per year once the outlet opens its doors.

“The opening of the outlet is timely as there is now the convenience of low-cost carriers. Besides, there are no other competing branded outlets in neighbouring countries,” he added.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Johor chapter chairman Kenny Ngi said JPO would put the state on the tourism map.

“I think the outlet will increase the number of tourists coming to Johor. Travel agents in the state will definitely include JPO on their tour itinerary,” he said.

One shopaholic from Kuala Lumpur, Rosalind Longmate, said JPO would be “a dream come true”.

She said she did not mind the drive to Kulai but would plan ahead.

Another shopper, Isabel Lea Ang from Petaling Jaya, said: “This is indeed very exciting. It gives a lot of us in the middle income bracket the opportunity to own branded goods that we most probably cannot afford to buy at the malls.”
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I hope penang have this but too bad
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JPO attracting large crowds of Singaporeans

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KULAIJAYA: Rows of brand-name retailers among arches, miniature fountains, palm trees and small garden patches greet shoppers as they enter Johor Premium Outlets (JPO).

JPO, located along the highway in Kulaijaya, is only in its soft launch phase but this has not stopped large crowds of Singaporeans from streaming in to “shop till they drop” when it opened yesterday.

Legal secretary Suzana Sadip, 43, who was awestruck by the outlets, said she found it a delight to spend time roaming around the area.

“The branded outlets are a major attraction but I also love the general outlook of the place. The architecture and the landscaping are very different from conventional shopping malls.

“The only problem I faced was trying to get here and I hope the authorities will place more signboards along the highway to make it easier to locate the place,” she said, promising to bring along her friends from Singapore on her next trip.

JPO, a joint venture between Genting Bhd and Simon Property Group, is scheduled to be officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Dec 11.

The stores include those selling top brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Zegna, Charles & Keith, Armani Exchange, Burberry, DKNY and Oroton.

Another Singaporean, Rosnah Aziz, 41, said she was excited to be one of the first to visit the outlets.

“It’s wonderful to have labels such as Michael Kors and Coach next to each other,” said the nurse, adding that she took a taxi from Singapore with her friends at 10am just for the occasion.

Housewife Chen Pow Chee said she was impressed with the outlets.

“The place is very pleasant, clean and attractive to shoppers like me,” she said, but called for more signboards to be put up.

JPO general manager Jean Marie Pin Harry said the outlets were expected to attract thousands of shoppers even before the official opening.

“We would like to urge shoppers to bear with our minor hiccups during the soft launch and just enjoy shopping for the different brands which are going for 25% to 65% discount,” he said.

He said there were also special buses available for shoppers from Johor Baru Central, Kota Raya and the Second Link.
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