Something for all budgets

Front row: Hafiy (left) and Muzzaffar Shah while standing behind them are Loh (left) and Jong.

JOHOR BARU: Bargain hunters can look forward to even bigger savings at the Harvey Norman store in Paradigm Mall here which has been turned into a factory outlet.

The Paradigm Mall Johor Baru store, which opened in August 2018, was the company’s first outlet here with the second at The Mall, MidValley Southkey in July 2019 and the third at Toppen Shopping centre in Tebrau in October last year.

The factory outlet offers customers a wide range of brands in electrical appliances, IT, furniture and bedding products.

They can also find discontinued models, overstock, clearance, refurbished models and display sets at one-off special prices at the outlet.

Electrical department manager Muhammad Hafiy Abdullah said electrical appliances remained the main contributor to the company’s earnings.

“Customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to electrical appliances at our factory outlet, ’’ he said.

Hafiy said that apart from a wide range of electrical appliances at the factory outlet, their prices suited the customers’ budget.

“Our floor staff are always ready to serve our customers and to assist them in making the right choice in electrical appliances, ’’ he added.

Furniture department manager Jong Chung Jui said customers could save time looking for home furnishings as the factory outlet offered a wide range of products for them to choose from under one roof.

“Our furniture is designed to suit their budget and the types of residential properties, whether landed or high-rise living.’’

He said apart from sofas and recliners which come in leather and easy-clean fabric, there were also dining table sets, display cabinets and audio-visual cabinets.

He noted that customers here could be divided into two categories when it came to buying sofas, with the first category preferring dark and earth tones.

“Turquoise, mustard and orange coloured sofas are currently the favourite among the bold ones and young adults, ’’ added Jong.

Assistant manager bedding department Muhammad Muzzaffar Shah Abdul Manan said customers had a choice of buying loose pieces or a set of bedding furniture at the factory outlet.

He said the loose items were bed frames, mattresses, dressers and children’s bedding while the set consisted of a bed, a dresser, drawers and bedside tables.

“Our customers can choose from our classic, contemporary, fusion and minimalist bedding furniture to suit the décor of their houses.’’

Muzzaffar said Malaysians preferred pastel or earth tones for their bedroom furniture, adding that the company’s bedding products came with a 10-year guarantee.

Computer and communications department manager Loh Kok Mun said the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order (MCO) had pushed up demand for computers and cellphones.

“Our sales started to pick up during the conditional MCO in May, ’’ he said.

Loh said this had to do with the work-from-home (WFH) culture as well as online classrooms when schools and tertiary institutions were shut down during several phases of the MCO.

The spacious Harvey Norman Paradigm Mall Johor Baru Factory Outlet allows customers to shop comfortably while the management has put in place strict measures for physical distancing and regular disinfection.

For those who prefer to shop from home, they can make their purchases via

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