IKEA Penang slated to open in Q3 2018

ikea-batu-kawanIkano Private Limited, owner of the IKEA franchise in Malaysia, confirmed today its ambition to open a store in Penang during the third quarter of 2018.

Ikano and the Aspen Group teamed up in September 2014 to purchase 245 acres of land from Penang Development Corporation. The joint-venture company is working to transform the vast swath of land in Batu Kawan into a new metropolis where people can live, work and play. A shopping centre anchored by IKEA is a key component of the development plan for Aspen Vision City.

“The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people,” said Ikano’s Managing Director, Christian Rojkjaer. “We expect to do that by bringing our affordable range of functional home furnishings to the people of Northern Malaysia in 2018, along with hundreds of solid jobs and spin-off opportunities for the local community.”

The planned IKEA store is to be wholly owned by Ikano. Mr. Rojkjaer said his team has applied for a building permit and earthworks are now underway to prepare a 24-acre plot for the development. The shopping centre is to be developed by the joint venture company and managed by Ikano.

The long-term development plan for Aspen Vision City includes condominiums, office towers, an international school, a Columbia Asia Hospital and a 24-acre park. Piling works are in full swing for the first phase – a gated and guarded commercial precinct called Vervéa. Plans for a high-rise condo called Vertu Resort received a warm response when it was recently introduced to the public. With a gross development value of RM8 billion, the entire Aspen Vision City development is slated for completion in 10 years’ time.

  1. Bawaani
    March 14th, 2016 at 23:33 | #1

    It’s a great news… Pls keep me updated with latest info… Thanks a lot..

  2. aspen
    March 14th, 2016 at 23:46 | #2

    another 2 years to go….. northern region people at last can hv thier ikea at here… proud of that!!

  3. LoLz
    March 15th, 2016 at 13:12 | #3

    Awesome news. Nonetheless, the local authorities MPSP should also play their part to make Bandar Cassia into a clean township and not just eco-township. Unlicensed street hawkers setting up stalls at pedestrian walk-ways or roadside throughout Bandar Cassia will only depreciate the value. Imagine a mamak setting up outside IKEA or at the Central Park. MPSP, please do not let this happen. I’m not against small time businesses, but there are proper channels to do this.

  4. Passby
    March 15th, 2016 at 13:27 | #4

    No doubt, it’s a good news for Penangite; but hope for earlier completion :)

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