Shopaholics can rejoice! The fabulous Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP), the factory outlet mall built to attract travellers flying out of the KL International Airport and budget terminal KLIA2, is expanding to meet growing demand.
Japan’s most successful fashion outlet operator opened its first Outlet Park in South East Asia in May 2015, and the 24,000-square-metre outlet mall with 130 shops has proven to be a massive hit with travellers, with its offerings of luxury international and local brands in accessories, fashion, jewellery, sportswear and more. Facilities such as free shuttle bus service from the two airports to the outlet, automatic check-in system for flights, and free luggage storage service, have only added to its popularity.
The expansion (now in phase two) is on a 27,500 square-metre site next to the current outlet, which will house a further 60 shops and 500 parking lots to complement the existing 2,100 bays.
Mitsui Fudosan managing officer, Osamu Obayashi, said the new phase would house more even premium brands, as well as entertainment and amusement outlets.
MOP is a joint venture between Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) and Japanese company Mitsui Fudosan, one of Japan’s biggest and most successful real estate and retail property developers. Mitsui Fudosan has developed and managed 12 outlet malls in Japan as well as an outlet mall in Ningbo, China. This is its first commercial property investment and flagship in Southeast Asia, and part of the KLIA Aeropolis spearheaded by MAHB to develop KLIA as an airport city.
The current outlet is based on a ‘Paradise Village’ concept featuring a Sunshine Square, Pier Walk, Tropical Plaza and Beach Walk. Phase 2 will feature a Sky Walk with loud simulations on its ceilings, while River Walk will resemble a creek. A third phase is planned for 2021 to bring the number of stores to 250, making it one of Southeast Asia’s largest outlet malls, and one of the largest of Mitsui Fudosan including those in Japan
The investment for the three phases is estimated to be RM335 million (US$77 million).
- Approximately 5 minutes by car from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
- Approximately 50 minutes by car from downtown Kuala Lumpur.
- Total shopping area of over 51,000 sqm.
- Over 180 stores.
- First full-scale outlet mall in Kuala Lumpur.
- Free shuttle buses to KLIA and KLIA2 (2 to 3 buses every hour between 8:20 am and 11:30 pm).
- Flight information displays plus a flight SITA check-in KIOSK system for travellers flying with Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines and Bangkok Airways.
- Free baggage storage service and ticket counters for buses, taxis, and rental cars.