The weird rumors i'd heard about this place were that it was some awesome cool Japanese department store, Pavilion's new rival, and the place to find hot new things.
Let me first give you some factual info on the shopping centre, as from the Mall Guide brochure I picked up.
- Four levels of retail shops, stores on each level grouped according to what they sell (international & regional brands, shoes, bags & accessories, streetwear, themed fashion, cosmetics, electronics.
- Various food & beverage on each floor.
- Three levels of underground parking.
- Upper two levels 'entertainment' (not open)
- Japanese department store 'Uniqlo' (3 levels, not open)
179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (opposite Pavilion)
Having just come from lunch I was firstly eager to check out the new toilets there! Thumbs Down! Ladies be warned, these are the types of toilets with no toilet paper inside the stall, and just one roll of it outside near the basins (like in Sunway Pyramid). Not impressed that this one roll was empty, meaning the whole toilet block was useless to me. In a brand new 'hot' shopping center I shouldn't have to expect to bring my own tissues (in Kepong I can understand!).
After the not-so-good start I continued the inspection. I honestly had high hopes for this place, thinking it would be the next hot place for the young and fashionable. But as I walked around it felt nothing like that. Honestly, whilst in there the feeling was like 1Utama Old Wing and Kepong Village combined. Now THAT'S saying a lot!
The stores in there were the same as everywhere else, but seemed to be more of the boring stuff like in the upper levels of Mid Valley Megamall or KLCC. I didn't see any exciting, hot, young international designer brands, just the same old stuff that's everywhere. The electronics level up the top sucked more than the electronics area at The Curve (no offense Curve, I like you). But yes, most of the stores there are still closed.
My favorite thing about the mall was the location; across the road from Pavilion, so I went over there and bummed around (note: my opinion has nothing to do with the price range of either places, but the atmosphere and actual stores).
Having said all this I'm hesitant to write off the place completely. So many stores weren't open yet, I hope once they do the place heats up! I'd really like a new, fun place to chill on weekends. Unfortunately I kinda get the feeling it's going to be another boring, uninviting place to shop, like Times Square or Lot10.
Please prove me wrong Fahrenheit88.