AYER Itam is one of Penang's most mature neighbourhoods, and it is about to undergo a transformative change with the upcoming completion of Sunshine Central by the end of the year.
As Penang’s first fully integrated, mixed-use development, it marks the maiden venture into real estate for Suiwah Corporation Bhd, best known for its Sunshine chain of supermarkets and departmental stores in the northern region.
This development promises to introduce game-changing offerings to the entire state of Penang, according to Suiwah Corporation Bhd.
Spanning over 3.64 hectares, the development consists of a retail mall, an MSC-status office tower, a wellness centre, a banquet hall, an international hotel and serviced apartments.
Sunshine Mall, the retail component of the development, will occupy the nine floors. With over 820,000sq ft of nett lettable area, it is set to become one of Penang's largest lifestyle shopping centres, offering a wide variety of options for the growing population of over 430,000 in the immediate Ayer Itam and Paya Terubong areas and beyond.
Currently, the occupancy rate for its 412 retail lots stands at a promising 71% and will continue to rise.
Sunshine Mall will feature prominent tenants that will contribute to its vibrant atmosphere. These anchor tenants offer a wide range of products and services.
The mall will also include their in-house brands Sunshine Lifestyle Hypermarket, Sunshine Department Store and Sunshine Food Hall as anchor tenants.
Additionally, Sunshine Mall will welcome a variety of mini anchor tenants that will complement the exciting and comprehensive shopping experience of shoppers.
Sunshine Central is primed to be a main attraction in the area, complementing existing places of interest such as Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill, drawing in valuable tourism.
Among the three towers rising above Sunshine Mall is the 18-storey HARRIS Sunshine Penang hotel managed by Ascott International Management (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
Travellers to Penang, be it for business, leisure, weddings or meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) will find plush accommodations in the hotel’s 289 contemporary guestrooms.
Adjacent to the hotel is the 18-storey, 128-unit MSC-status office block, Sunshine Tower, that will be equipped with an Internet of Things (IOT) 5G Data Centre as well as a private helipad. Citigroup has committed to occupying eight whole levels of the tower.
Its office spaces are also designed with unique and flexible layouts. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure, it makes it ideal for a wide range of tenants from high-tech IT firms to outsourced service desks.
According to Suiwah Corporation Bhd, this smart office tower is expected to create thousands of jobs for the local community, making it a highly sought after address for its business proximity and accessibility.
Located below the office and hotel blocks is a massive banquet hall with the capacity to host concerts, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and weddings.
Separately, the wellness centre at the development will feature consultation clinics, specialist centres, laboratories and other medical providers.
The final component is the 30-level Sunshine Residence with 270 units of optional dual-key concept serviced apartments that offer a complete urban lifestyle with its impressive range of amenities.
Besides enjoying direct links to Sunshine Mall, this low-density property is also in close proximity to prestigious schools and colleges, banking institutions, hospitals, famous local food stalls and vibrant market places, bringing convenience to future residents.
The thoughtfully-designed property will have 24-hour security and auxiliary policing, with a professional and efficient management team running it to ensure a healthy, comfortable and safe environment for all who call it home.
As connectivity is also an important consideration nowadays, Sunshine Central will be easily accessible from all directions, thanks to the robust road networks in the island.
What's more, there will be over 3,500 parking bays on-site from the basement level up till the 8th floor, making it convenient to visit the area.
With all these factors in its favour, Sunshine Central is well-poised to become the new heart of Penang to live, shop, work and play.
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