Oldest supermarket marks 55 years of success

Gama is located along Datuk Keramat Road. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

HEADING into its 55th year of business, the Gama Supermarket and Departmental Store in Penang has entered the Malaysia Book Of Records (MBR) as the “oldest supermarket and departmental store in Malaysia”.

Originally named “Pulau Pinang Supermarket”, it opened in 1967 above Chowrasta Market along Penang Road.

In 1980, the supermarket shifted to its current premises in Datuk Keramat Road, boasting five storeys including an office on the top floor.

Gama now has eight floors, including the bustling ground floor featuring the supermarket section while the top floor houses a food court.

At the MBR presentation ceremony, Gama chief executive officer Ng Yee Mai said the big achievement was a proud moment for the company.

Staff cheering as Gama is presented with the MBR certificate for being the oldest supermarket and departmental store in the country.Staff cheering as Gama is presented with the MBR certificate for being the oldest supermarket and departmental store in the country.

“The younger generation might not know that it was Gama that spearheaded a new dimension in the Malaysian retail industry by pioneering the concept of a supermarket-cum-departmental store way back in 1967.

“We continue to serve the community by offering the best products at affordable prices,” said Ng.

MBR chief operating officer Christopher Wong Hong Wai said the certificate was to be handed over two years ago but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who witnessed the MBR presentation, said Gama was an iconic supermarket that served the community for decades.

“Some of us have wonderful memories of hanging out at Gama in our younger days,” he said.

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