Tebrau’s newest meeting place welcomes new-to-town brands such as Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G), The Pantheon, 9 to 9 and Concept Haus as well as powerhouse names like TGV Cinemas, Harvey Norman, Sports Direct, Burger King, Marrybrown and local favourite, 7 Oaks
JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IKEA Southeast Asia unveiled a preview of upcoming tenants for Toppen Shopping Centre at today’s Key Handover Ceremony. With close to 85% of its retail space leased out, Toppen is looking forward to welcoming even more brands to partner within its 1.1 million square feet, four-level centre.
(L-R) Michael Liew, Business Director, Marrybrown; Yeoh Oon Lai, CEO, TGV Cinemas; Dato Chen Yeon Hao, Director, 7 Oaks; Chew Soo San, Managing Director, 9 to 9; Christian Olofsson, Shopping Centre and Mixed Use Director, IKEA Southeast Asia; Brian Lim, Founder and Project Director, Concept Haus; Arnoud Bakker, Head of Leasing, Southeast Asia, Ikano Centres; Franky How, Managing Director, The Pantheon Group; Wendy Tan, Area Manager, Sports Direct; and Ng Lee Tieng, CEO, Burger King Malaysia.
Together with IKEA Tebrau, Toppen, with its rooftop community hub, The Topp, is also set to attract customers with a myriad of fresh retail, dining, e-sports and entertainment experiences — a complete ‘retailtainment’ offer for the people of Southern Malaysia.
The Heart & Hub of the Community
The Topp is a unique rooftop concept that is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia. It features four distinct zones tailored for shoppers from all walks of life. These interactive outdoor spaces will be complemented by over 30 F&B specialities and alfresco outlets, a rooftop garden, multipurpose courts, skate parks, a spacious event piazza, kids’ playgrounds, a cinema, e-sports arena and even a water play area. There is definitely something for everyone at The Topp.
Christian Olofsson, Shopping Centre & Mixed Use Director of IKEA Southeast Asia said, "We are passionate and driven to develop meeting places that become the heart and the hub of the surrounding communities. With the community at the very heart of our strategy, we are confident that Toppen together with IKEA Tebrau will be a new retail landmark in South Malaysia, a true meeting place where customers and businesses alike can flourish and grow."
Assembling the Ideal Retail Mix
Joining this diverse portfolio in Toppen are new-to-Johor brands such as Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G), Malaysia’s premiere grocery and food destination, The Pantheon, who will be debuting its second eSports arena in Malaysia, 9 to 9, a first-in-Malaysia flagship online-to-offline (O2O) by Hush Puppies, and Concept Haus, a premium streetwear and athleisure retailer. Together with well-known favourites such as TGV Cinemas, Harvey Norman, Sports Direct, Burger King and Marrybrown, and local Johor outlets with fresh concepts like 7 Oaks, Toppen’s retail mix will offer Johoreans and tourists a complete retail experience with great meeting places and spaces for family and friends to hang out and enjoy their time together.
"We’re committed to creating market relevant shopping experiences that fit our consumers’ lifestyles. We do this by consistently identifying opportunities to improve the customer journey with new and in-demand tenants that reflect a well-curated mix of retail, dining and entertainment concepts," said Arnoud Bakker, Head of Leasing, Southeast Asia of Ikano Centres, part of IKEA Southeast Asia.
He further explained, "Co-creation is something that we strongly believe in, not only for external relationships but for the mall space as well. It allows each tenant to work together and create a cohesive experience for the customers while remaining diverse in shopping selections."
The Land of Opportunity
Toppen Shopping Centre is projected to attract 15 million visitors in the year 2020, not only from Johor and its neighbouring states but also nearby Singapore. The shopping centre development will bring thousands of business opportunities within the region, adding vibrancy to the economy. It is also set to create numerous career opportunities with an array of jobs for the surrounding Johor community.
Anchored by the global leader in home furnishing and retailing
IKEA Southeast Asia has over 15 years of experience in developing, owning, and running successful IKEA stores and shopping centres in the region such as IPC Shopping Centre and MyTOWN Shopping Centre in Malaysia and Megabangna in Thailand. The success of these projects has attracted a strong roster of new retail brands and long-term partnerships. With a strong track record and global experience, IKEA Southeast Asia is confident that Toppen Shopping Centre will be the meeting place and heart and hub of the Johor community.
About Toppen Shopping Centre:
Toppen Shopping Centre is anchored by the first IKEA store outside of the Klang Valley. With its seamless integration with IKEA Tebrau and links with AEON Tebrau, Toppen is poised to become the meeting place and the heart of the surrounding Johor Bahru community. A first-of-its-kind rooftop community hub named the Topp, which boasts a mix of retail, sporting, entertainment and dining facilities, crowns this 1.1 million square feet centre. Together with IKEA Tebrau, Toppen will create a fun and inspiring day out for the many people of Southern Malaysia. Toppen will open its doors in November 2019 welcoming visitors from the vicinity and tourists from across the border.
About IKEA Southeast Asia:
IKEA Southeast Asia owns and operates IKEA stores in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, offering millions of people in Southeast Asia access to well-designed, functional home furnishing products at affordable prices. We develop, own and operate Shopping Centres anchored by IKEA, create vibrant destinations by investing in residential, office and other types of real estate. Our multi-national team has projects in the pipeline and an ambition to double our business in coming years. We are part of the Ikano Group of companies and the only IKEA franchisee in the world owned by the Kamprad family that founded IKEA.
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