JCorp unit investing RM7mil to upgrade retail ops


By ZAZALI MUSA IN JOHOR BARU

JOHOR Corp (JCorp) subsidiary Harta Consult Sdn Bhd will spend about RM7.6mil to upgrade its three retail outlets in Johor Baru. 

JCorp chief executive officer Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim said of the total sum, RM3.6mil would be allocated for Plaza Kotaraya and RM2mil each for Komtar and Larkin Sentral. 

He said work to replace old wiring systems and central air-conditioning facilities had already started at Komtar and expected to be completed by year-end.  

Following this, Harta Consult plans to start major renovation work on the 30-year-old complex, the first shopping centre-cum-office block to be opened in the city. 

“As the retail scene in Johor Baru becomes more competitive, shoppers and tenants expect something extra or different from complex operators,” he told StarBiz

Ali, who is also Johor Islamic Chamber of Commerce chairman, said this at the Bazar Tujjar Al-Ramadan launch.  

The bazaar, which ends on Nov 23, involves 350 traders selling their Hari Raya goodies at the five buildings in Johor and one in Kuala Lumpur managed by Harta Consult. 

On the upgrading work for Plaza Kotaraya, Ali said this would increase the retail space by 15,000 sq ft from the existing 200,000 sq ft. 

On Larkin Sentral, Ali said as it was the meeting point for stage buses in Johor and Singapore and passenger express buses from all over the peninsula, it was vital the facilities be upgraded to provide comfort for these travellers. 

The upgrading, likely to begin next year, would include improving the retail section, food and beverage outlets, wet market area and probably a supermarket or departmental store to attract more shoppers. 

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