Jesselton Mall sees increase in shoppers
Published on: Monday, July 06, 2020
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A view of the Jesselton Mall.
Kota Kinabalu: The Jesselton Mall is seeing a return to footfall, especially by local visitors, since the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), according to its Leasing Manager Desmond Liew.

“Jesselton Duty-Free has seen a steady increase of local shoppers indulging on their favourite brands,” he said in a statement. 

“Be it watches, handbags, shoes or fashion clothing and accessories, the upward shopping trend indicates a recovery mode. 

“The rise in locals visiting the mall signals that the misguided notion that Jesselton Duty-Free is exclusively for international travellers is diminishing.”

Jesselton Duty-Free, he said, is a collaboration between Southeast Asia’s leading luxury goods and retail specialist Valiram and premier property developer Jesselton Waterfront Holdings. 

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“The mall has introduced to East Malaysia several luxury brands such as Versace, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste, to name a few. 

“Leading Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo is slated to open soon,” he said.

He added that while Jesselton Duty-Free houses a large perfume and cosmetic section, this is however, only for international travellers as the collection and pricing is strictly for travel retail.

“Malaysians can enjoy all other brands within Jesselton Duty-Free.” 

The mall also houses fine gourmet brands like Godiva and TWG Tea.

Since being allowed to reopen for dine in, he said, Pound Restaurant is seeing a steady return of customers and regularly booked out for lunch and dinners.

Other than specialty stores like Polar Ice Cream and Soil and Seeds, the mall is also looking forward to the opening of its basement anchor, Metro Grocers together with a few other food and beverages outlet, including Aori Ramen and Granny Shepherd Pie, in the coming weeks.

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Liew said, Jesselton Mall focuses on offering a distinguished shopping destination with a tenant mix to cater for a trending lifestyle “where luxury meets convenience.”

“In addition to creating an integrated community for residents from Jesselton Residences, located just above the mall, Jesselton Mall also aims to fulfil the needs of lifestyle enthusiasts, and high-income earners within its prime catchment area in the city’s central business district,” he said.

With the lifting of interstate travel ban and gradually cross-border travel, he said, Jesselton Mall’s close position right next to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal poses to a be a potential plus point for inbound local and international travellers.

“The mall’s ultimate goal is to serve as the place to be for quality living and dining.”

With the new norms in place, the mall also practises more stringent safety rules in accordance to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the Health Ministry.

Liew also said the developer and landlords have taken proactive steps to support tenants through rental assistance in hope of bringing some relief to ease cash flows from the unprecedented impact of this challenging period.

“In line with the mall’s approach to support the recovery of the local retail sector, it is now offering attractive leasing packages and up to six-month free rental period,” he said.


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