The world’s largest furniture store from Swedish, IKEA continues to expand its footing in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia. Named as Toppen Shopping Centre, the latest development of the company’s southern flagship shopping centre in Tebrau is set to open next year.
Taken from the Swedish word that means awesome fabulous, Toppen will be similar to other shopping centres that have been developed by IKEA Southeast Asia such as the IPC Shopping Centre and MyTOWN Shopping Centre in the Klang Valley. Occupying an area for retailing space of 1.02 million square meters, Toppen Shopping Centre will be the company’s third shopping centre in Malaysia and the first mall to be built outside Klang Valley.
With RM900 million gross development value spent on its progress, Toppen is designed to bring in IKEA Southeast Asia retailing brand partner to prominent retailers such as Harvey Norman stores and Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G) supermarket. Meanwhile, food and beverage operator Seasons will manage the food hall are within the mall. Aditionally, Toppen will also host a TGV Cineplex, New Straits Times reports.
IKEA group is reported to spend a total of RM1.5 billion on the development of the Ikea Tebrau store and Toppen. The company’s group managing director for Southeast Asia region Christian Rojkjaer said that Toppen’s development was well-timed as dynamic economic growth was currently taking place In Johor.
He stated that, “As with any of our shopping malls development which is anchored to Ikea stores development, we want to personalise each mall in its own unique way while not forgetting to include a touch of the Scandinavian feel in the malls’ interiors and stores ambience.”
Mr Rojkjaer further added that the group maintained a steady progress in the expansion of its business in Malaysia as it values the long-lasting relationship forged with Malaysian and their love for IKEA manufactured home furnishing products. The group’s plans include opening a third Ikea store in Kuala Lumpur and a fourth Ikea store in Batu Kawan, Penang.
He said the group valued the quality of experience that it offered rather than the number of stores that opened. The developments of IKEA stores always place strong value on connecting people and bridging relationships through their products and shopping centres, he elaborated.
The opening of Toppen in the third quarter of 2019 is expected to create some 5,000 jobs as more than 300 tenant stores and retailers would be occupying the four-storey shopping mall next to the IKEA Tebrau Store. For visitors’ convenience, Mr Rojkjaer said a rooftop pedestrian bridge would be built to connect Aeon Tebrau and Toppen.