ONCE a sleepy town in Penang, Balik Pulau is set to shed that image and turn into a vibrant business entity once the first integrated commercial development in Botanica CT Centre is completed.
The Botanica CT Centre is expected to be completed in 2021, with the first phase to start over the next 12 months.
The project, undertaken by MTT Properties, will house three major anchor tenants, notably TF Value-Mart, which is the first large-scale hypermarket in Balik Pulau, and two drive-thru outlets KFC and Starbucks.
MTT Group of Companies executive chairman Datuk Seri Kenny Ong said the project would occupy 80,000 sq ft of space and TF Value-Mart would provide significant amenity for the residents in Balik Pulau and its neighbouring areas.
“We are also collaborating with QSR Brands Holdings Berhad and Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company to enhance Botanica CT Centre’s potential as the future commercial landmark of Balik Pulau.
“Botanica CT Centre would be the new heartbeat in the southern part of the Penang island,” said Ong during the groundbreaking ceremony of the centre on Tuesday.
“When we embarked on this project, creating new employment opportunities for the residents here was always an intrinsic part of our vision,” he said.
“With the commercial part of our development coming to fruition, this vision is slowly but surely becoming a reality.”
Besides that, the development would also have 22 double-storey units of shop offices to be open for sale by the middle of this year.
Ong said these units would bring in additional commercial and retail businesses to complement the trade for the anchor tenants as well as enhancing the services provided to Botanica residents and the Balik Pulau Community.
Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman represented Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow to launch the groundbreaking ceremony.