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AEON ENRICHES LIFESTYLE IN BUKIT MERTAJAM WITH THE OPENING OF THEIR SECOND MALL IN PENANG

Bukit Mertajam, 19 July 2014 – Malaysia’s leading retailer, AEON CO. (M) BHD (AEON), today officially opened its doors to the community of Bukit Mertajam. Marking the 28th outlet in Malaysia, AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam will further continue AEON’s effort in enriching lives and intertwining with the people and community they are in. With an investment of RM253 million, the mall will be a one-stop destination that provides customers with a unique shopping experience.

“Unlike other hypermarkets or modern trade outlets, AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam is designed to provide shoppers with an array of quality products in an enjoyable atmosphere, giving them choice, convenience and comfort. This will be our first stand alone mall in Penang,” said Nur Qamarina Chew, Managing Director of AEON CO. (M) BHD, at the official opening of the mall.

AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam will retain AEON’s pride of providing invaluable amenities such as comfortable benches for shoppers needing a little rest, conveniently located ‘surau’, free wireless Internet connection, and “Kidzone” interactive playground and play areas, for shoppers’ ease, peace of mind and delight. The mall is also proud of continuing AEON’s signature tradition of setting up library carrying children’s book for the children to read while their parents shop. The library is collaboration with the Penang State Library.

“AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam will also be introducing a prepaid system at the Food Avenue where by customers need to reload their card at the cashier counter before purchasing their food at the stalls,” added Nur Qamarina Chew.

The mall will also feature Bazaar Seni, the first of its kind to support the local entrepreneurs by allocating special areas in the mall to sell and promote the local SME products such as Malaysian ‘batik’, ‘baju kurung’ and crafts.

Going beyond retail and shopping experience, AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam also enriches the community it is in by creating job opportunities to the local folks. “With the opening of our mall, we have created over 1000 new jobs and set up a career development program to ensure that our personnel are well trained and retained,” said Nur Qamarina Chew.

Each of the four floors in AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam is designed with different concepts and themes. The ground floor is all about lifestyle presenting trendy and vibrant way of life with a touch of International brands with outlets such as UNIQLO, Trio, Poh Kong and Kenny Rogers Roasters. With a family concept focusing on health and beauty, the first floor features Skin Renew, Bluunis, Dorra, Takasima, Fitness Concept and City Chain. The second floor, with a futuristic theme provides for the children and geeks. Here you can find Popular, Young Heart and Sushi King. The third floor is all about entertainment having a cinema and amusement park. For the convenience of shoppers, the mall provides approximately 2500 parking bays.

The mall is built on 19.3 acres of land and is surrounded by more than 60 species of trees and shrubs, such as hopea odorata, tabebuia pallida, alstonia scholaris, and dyera costulata, which were selected in order to maintain and preserve the ecosystem of the area. These plants were planted by approximately one thousand nature enthusiast and environmentalist who participated in the recent tree planting initiative by AEON to plant more than 10,000 trees in the mall premises.

For the opening weekend, AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam is having a 10% discount for the following brands Alain Delon, Anakku, Animation World, bhpc, Bum Equipment, Camel Active, Coloris, Dolly, Playboy, Kiki Lala and Technum. The Busana Tradisi Collection – modern ‘baju kurung’ created by Datuk Radzuan Radziwill, will also be available here.

The mall’s operating hours are from 10:00am to 10:00pm from Sunday to Thursday; and 10:00am to 10:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Public Holidays. For more information, log on to AEON Retail’s Facebook page.

Bringing Cheers to the Less Fortunate
To celebrate the true value of Ramadan, AEON presented a total of RM90,000 to five selected homes – Persatuan Kebajikan Sinar Ceria (RM10,000), Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Istimewa Daerah Seberang Prai (RM20,000), Persatuan Kanak-kanak Cacat Yee Ran Jing Sheh (RM20,000), Pertubuhan Anak-anak Yatim Bekas Parajurit Malaysia (RM20,000), and Pertubuhan Bela Didik Anak Yatim Islam (BEDAYA) (RM20,000).

Approximately 100 children from Pertubuhan Anak-anak Yatim Bekas Parajurit Malaysia, and Pertubuhan Bela Didik Anak Yatim Islam (BEDAYA), were also presented with ‘duit raya’ worth RM150 each. The children were then treated to a sumptuous Buka Puasa feast at the mall.

“Celebrating, giving and sharing the cheers of the festive season with the underprivileged is an annual affair for us. We have been doing this since 2008, and bringing smiles to the faces of these children gives us a sense of accomplishment and purpose in life,” said Dato’ Abdullah Mohd Yusof, President of Malaysian AEON Foundation, and the Chairman of AEON CO. (M) BHD.



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About ‘With All Our Hearts’ Malaysian AEON Foundation
Malaysian AEON Foundation is the charity arm of AEON CO. (M) BHD. that runs all the major charity events and community services under AEON. Inspired by the desire to reach out to the underprivileged children in Malaysia, AEON is the first and the only retailer which has its own charity foundation in Malaysia. The foundation, started up from a charity fund, has been operating for 10 years and benefits thousands of people in various aspects.

About AEON CO. (M) BHD
AEON CO. (M) BHD. is a leading General Merchandise Stores (GMS) cum supermarket chain in Malaysia, being the country’s leading retailer with 28 AEON outlets and 3 MaxValu supermarkets across the country. In the spirit of the name AEON, which means eternity in Latin, AEON’s goal is to work together endlessly with its customers, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and the community towards creating a future of limitless promises. Incorporated in 1984 in response to the Malaysian Government’s invitation to help modernize the country’s retailing industry, AEON’s chain of stores across peninsular Malaysia strives to satisfy the ever changing needs and desires of consumers. Guided by its “Customer First” philosophy, the company’s acute understanding of their target market needs, aided by optimal product-mix, AEON strives to surpass consumer expectations and enhance their experience every time they shop. Hence the tagline “AEON Enriching Your Lifestyle”.

AEON strongly supports environmental sustainability. It actively supports various causes, including recycling, energy conservation and tree planting, engaging and encouraging various parties, including staff, customers, NGOs, government agencies and the community at large.

AEON strongly supports environmental sustainability. It actively supports various causes, including recycling, energy conservation and tree planting, engaging and encouraging various parties, including staff, customers, NGOs, government agencies and the community at large.

For more information, please visit:  www.aeonretail.com.my or www.facebook/aeonretail.com.

 

Zakimarhaini Bt. Mohd Said
PR Manager , AEON CO. (M) BHD.
03-9207 6246

or

Subashni Sundarasan / Sharmila Ramanathan
Arc Worldwide; part of Leo Burnett Malaysia
Tel : 03-2073 2306
subashni.sundarasan@my.arcww.com / sharmila.ramanathan@my.arcww.com

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