Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Opening NOW
The name “Mitsui” might sound familiar to you, and that’s because of Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang, which was built in 2015 as a collaboration between Mitsui Fudosan and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). Did you know that the history of Mitsui spans almost 350 years to date? It began when Mitsui Takatoshi established the Echigoya clothing store in the Nihonbashi district of Edo, which is current day Tokyo, back in 1673; this store would become the basis of the Mitsui zaibatsu. While they have several LaLaport malls in Japan, Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Kuala Lumpur will be the second LaLaport mall outside of Japan, after they opened their first overseas LaLaport mall in Shanghai in April 2021. This will still be the first LaLaport mall in Southeast Asia, which has been planned since 2016. With that being said, let’s take a look at what we can expect when Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport opens!
DONQ is a popular Japanese bakery chain that has over 100 outlets in Japan alone. They were established over 100 years ago in 1905, and today they have branches in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Thailand, with their first outlet in Malaysia coming into being at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport. Mini One is a brand established under DONQ in 2006, featuring freshly baked mini croissants. The bite-sized breads are a big hit with both the elderly and children.
YAKINIKU SIZZLE by YAKINIQUEST
In 2004, a group of five anonymous Yakiniku enthusiasts came together and created the website YAKINIQUEST which has since been acknowledged to be the most trustworthy Yakiniku source in Japan. They actually began their “quest” for Yakiniku in 1998, and over 15 years before the creation of their website, they’ve eaten at more than 100 Yakiniku restaurants per year, which is how they were able to provide more than 170 highly trusted reviews of Yakiniku restaurants across Japan by the time their website started. Thanks to their vast experience in this area, they were even able to come up with new meat grilling methods that are aesthetically pleasing. One of its founding members, Ishida Suguru, decided to spread their passion for Yakiniku over to Singapore, so he opened the first restaurant blessed by the group, BEEF YAKINIKU DINING YAKINIQUEST. And now, Malaysians will soon be able to savour the meals developed over decades of insights into Yakiniku when YAKINIQUEST opens their next restaurant, YAKINIKU SIZZLE by YAKINIQUEST, in Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport!
Michelin-starred Master Chef from Kyoto, Takahashi Takuji, has been serving Malaysians artisanal, premium and 100% natural Japanese tea ice cream made with the finest single-origin tea powder imported from Wazuka town, Kyoto Prefecture, via his exclusive partnership with Matcha Eight, which was launched in April 2021. Matcha Eight to date does not have a physical store location, so they only have ice cream deliveries to the Klang Valley. However, that is set to change when they will be opening their first outlet in Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KL!
Tamaruya Honten Steakhouse
The name Tamaruya Honten is well-known all over Japan since the late 19th century as a manufacturer of wasabi preserves. They have opened a beef restaurant in Thailand, but this time, they will be opening their first steakhouse in Malaysia in Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KL!
Star Child is a Japanese nursery that has 40 childcare facilities across Japan. Apart from Japanese quality of childcare, they would also be bringing in their newly developed educational content with their original teaching method named WALLET that develops brain power through the five senses: Watching, Activating, Listening, Expressing, and Thinking.
Coo&RIKU is the largest pet shop in Japan with over 200 outlets across the country. In May 2021, they opened an outlet in Shanghai together with the Japanese cat cafe, Puchi Marry, and will do the same when they open here in Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KL. Puchi Marry will have four different themes, and customers will be able to interact with about 50 different breeds of cats.
Japan’s largest furniture and home furnishing chain is coming to Malaysia! Nitori already has more than 640 stores across Asia and the United States, and their store in Malaysia will also be their first in Southeast Asia. Watch out IKEA, you have serious competition now!
Many Malaysians might be familiar with the name Courts (or Courts Mammoth, if you’re part of the older generation), but few might be aware of the fact that Japanese electronics retailer Nojima Corp has acquired Courts Asia in 2019. Now, Nojima will make their official debut in Malaysia in collaboration with their local subsidiary, Courts Malaysia. As a digital and home appliance store, they have dominated the Japanese retail market with more than 190 stores across Japan. Their flagship store in Malaysia will feature electrical home appliances, electronic items, furniture and furnishings.
Japanese eyeglass brand Zoff will be opening their first store in Malaysia! They started in 2001 at Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, with their customers’ experience as their priority, rolling out new designs twice a month to maintain their core value of “Always Fresh”. Today, they have over 200 shops in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Visitors to Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KL can look forward to a fresh pair of frames at affordable prices.
Those were just some of the Japanese brands coming to Malaysia for the first time; some of the other established Japanese and other international brands, such as Miyatake Sanuki Udon, IPPUDO and JONETZ by DON DON DONKI will also be making their appearance here at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KL. Which store are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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