First artisanal mall opens in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Grand Bazaar is spread across 100,000 sq ft to host up to 100 artisanal brands.

A DEDICATED space for artisans has opened in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Grand Bazaar (MGB), the city’s first artisanal mall is an integral component of the urban regeneration project of Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC).

The project comprises Lucentia Serviced Residences, The Stride strata office and Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport.

MGB, launched on March 31, is spread across 100,000sq ft of carefully curated spaces with touches of heritage architecture that houses up to 100 artisanal and local brands.

The brands pay homage to the creativity and artistry of Malaysian creators and crafters.

BBCC Development Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Low Thiam Chin said, “MGB was developed to provide a dedicated platform for artisans, micro-brands, start-ups and art entrepreneurs to scale their businesses into the physical retailing space.”

Despite its prime location in Bukit Bintang, MGB offers merchants easy entry packages for their own stores in the city centre. These include affordable rent, fully fitted lots and marketing support.

“Our vision is to become an incubator for local brands to reach out to a larger customer base by having a presence in a prime location which can attract both locals and tourists,” said Low.

Aside from being located beside the newly opened LaLaport Mall, MGB is also next door to Zepp KL, a 2,500-capacity concert hall by Sony Music Entertainment Japan and the 12-screen Golden Screen Cinemas.

Visitors to MGB can find local creations such as clothing, arts and crafts, jewellery, accessories, home decorations and snacks.

“As an additional perk, our permanent merchants will have the chance to export their products to the international markets through the Malaysia Grand Bazaar e-commerce store on marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy and Shopify.

“The Malaysia Grand Bazaar export store helps our merchants to pivot onto the global e-commerce space and provides an additional retail channel to boost their income flow.

“Ultimately we want to offer an omni-channel solution to our merchants by combining the best of physical and online retailing while focusing on the huge potential of the US market,” said Low.

MGB also boasts a 4,000sq ft centre court for hosting thematic events, cultural performances and community activities to create constant engagement and experiential retailing focus for its visitors.

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