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Thursday September 6, 2007

Hypermarts in Perak flourishing


IPOH: Six more hypermarkets will be opened in Perak, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Moha-mad Tajol Rosli Ghazali. 

He said each hypermarket would provide job opportuni-ties for about 300 people, de-pending on the size of the building. 

“We are allowing more hypermarkets to operate in view of the present trend among city dwel-lers to shop at such outlets,” he said yesterday after visiting Tesco’s first distribution centre in Simpang Pulai near here. 

Tajol Rosli said the six new hypermarkets comprised two Tesco outlets in Taiping and Kampar and four MyDin stores in Buntong, Manjoi and Meru Raya here and Simpang in Tai-ping. 

“The Taiping Tesco will open this Sept 27 and the one in Kampar is expected to be ready by next year,” he said. 

For the MyDin stores, Tajol Rosli said the state had already given its approval and the construction costs were estimated at RM56mil for the store in Buntong, RM11.9mil for Manjoi, RM66mil for Meru Raya and RM60mil for Taiping. 

On the Tesco distribution centre, Tajol Rosli said it would greatly benefit Perak farmers as the hypermarket’s suppliers would buy their products. 

Tesco corporate and legal affairs director Azlam Shah Alias said the RM60mil centre begun operations in June and was the first centre in the country. 

“This location was chosen because of its accessibility to all our 15 Tesco stores nationwide,” he said. 

He added that Tesco had also met with its suppliers from Johor, Selangor and Pahang on the construction of their packing houses. “One has been built, two are under construction and another is under negotiation. 

“The farmers’ products will be sent through the packing houses where the products are sorted before being sent out,” he said.  

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