MALACCA - THE convergence of Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes will make history in Malacca.
The integration of Dataran Pahlawan, which is already the biggest complex in the south of Malaysia, and Hatten Square, will create 92,903.04sq m of retail space and give birth to Pahlawan City - the biggest shopping complex south of the country.
Hatten Group Sdn Bhd executive director Collin Tan said Pahlawan City would be a a one-stop centre with shopping, entertainment and information technology retail lots.
"Pahlawan City will have retail shops, entertainment outlets and a digital lifestyle centre under one roof.
"The retail shops are mainly for tourists, both domestic and international, while the entertainment will mainly cater to the needs of locals looking for a fun-filled outing alone or with loved ones.
"The digital lifestyle centre's target group are teenagers and those who are into gadgets like cameras, laptops and handphones."
Tan said there was a need for a dedicated IT centre in Malacca.
"Information technology is a huge market and having a one-stop centre for it would not only benefit shoppers but also retailers."
He said many IT traders also did not have their outlets in strategic locations as their outlets were usually on the higher floors of complexes.
"At IT@Hatten, we are dedicating the ground floor with an area of 60,000sq ft (5,574.18sq m) to provide customers with a one-stop digital lifestyle solution centre.
"This is only the start. We could expand the area for the digital lifestyle centre to the first and second floors."
Tan said the Hatten Group, which manages Dataran Pahlawan and Hatten Square, was confident that a big mall in the heart of the historical city with dedicated areas for fashion, entertainment and IT would be a success.
"Tourism in Malacca is booming and by year-end, we could be getting nine million tourists, from Malaysia and from all four corners of the world.
Tan also spoke of the availability of 1,500 parking lots for visitors to Hatten Square and Dataran Pahlawan.
"We have ample parking space for visitors and for a mere RM2 (S$0.8) on weekdays and RM3 (S$1.3) on weekends, shoppers could park their vehicles for the whole day to shop, dine, and enjoy the entertainment available here.
"There are special security guards at the level 3 parking area to accompany visitors to and from the mall.
"This is to ensure the safety of the female patrons and offer greater peace of mind," he said.
There are over 470 rooms and suites in Hatten Square. The suites are available for sale.
The soft launch of Hatten Square is today.
The digital lifestyle centre will open on Dec 24.
-New Straits Times