1 Utama is a popular shopping mall in Bandar Utama, a suburb in the northern part of Petaling Jaya, Selangor and is located just opposite Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.
The first phase of this shopping mall, commonly known as the Old Wing, was opened in August 1995. It comprises the retail precints of Centre Court and Promenade. It is currently undergoing major refurbishment. Jusco departmental store and supermarket is currently the only anchor tenant at the Old Wing. After being closed for relocation and renovation for 6 months, Jusco reopens its store at the Old Wing on 22 August 2011. Besides Jusco, another Japanese retailer, Isetan is set to be another anchor tenant at the Old Wing by end of 2011.
The second phase, commonly known as the New Wing, was opened in December 2003. It comprises the retail precincts of Rainforest, Highstreet and Oval as well as Entertainment Zone and Sports Zone. Parkson departmental store and Cold Storage supermarket are the anchor tenants of the second phase. An outstanding feature of the New Wing is the oval-shaped concourse which is the focus of events such as the Fashion on 1 fashion show, festive events and promotions for Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Christmas, celebrities meet-the-fans sessions as well as product promotions and roadshows.
Its gross built-up area totals 5,000,000 square feet (465,000 m²), and it is one of the largest shopping centres in Malaysia.Visitors
1 Utama receives roughly 60,000 to 90,000 visitors every weekday, and as many as 120,000 on weekends according to the management. Its occupancy rate is 98%. This is higher than Centrepoint, a competing mall in the same township (although it is nowhere near the size of 1 Utama). Further away (less than 2 km), in the adjacent township, are malls such as The Curve, Ikea, Cathay Cineleisure with 10 screens under Cathay Cineplex and Ikano.Tenants
The first phase (Old Wing) features anchor tenant Jusco with its departmental store, supermarket, AEON Wellness pharmacy and Arena Foodcourt. Japanese retailers Isetan and Uniqlo are set to open new stores in the first phase of 1 Utama. Other notable tenants at the first phase are Toys 'R' Us, Popular Bookstore, Padini Authentics, Hush Puppies, Nichii, Levi's, Dockers and Bershka and many more.
The second phase features anchor tenants Parkson departmental store and Cold Storage supermarket. Other notable tenants include MPH Bookstore, French Connection, Coach, Armani Exchange, DKNY, Massimo Dutti, Zara, Raoul, Top Shop, Top Man, Gap, Laura Ashley, Miss Selfridge, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, Bose, Pierre Cardin, Padini Concept Store, Lacoste, Forever 21 and Marks and Spencer and many more.
There are also numerous restaurants including: A&W, Burger King, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Sakae Sushi, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Chilli's Bar, Starbucks, Nando's, Italiannies, Carl's Jr., Coffee Bean, Kenny Rogers Roasters and many more.
1 Utama is also the only shopping complex in Malaysia to house two major cinemas. On the first phase is the 7-screen TGV Cinemas which is currently closed for major upgrading and is set to reopen some time in 2012 with 12 screens. On the second phase is the 13-screen Golden Screen Cinemas. The Golden Screen Cinemas includes a 30-seater Gold Class hall while the other 12 halls feature comfortable and spacious seating.
See the full list of tenants.Bus hub
The Bandar Utama bus hub is also located in the vicinity of 1 Utama.Naming confusion
There is a great deal of dispute over whether the name of the mall is "One Utama" or "1 Utama". A recent press release by the management (Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn. Bhd.) states that the official name is 1 Utama Shopping Centre and not "One Utama" or "1-Utama". This move was meant to limit the confusion of its name, although either one of the mentioned names are easily understood and cannot be confused because of their same meaning.
1 Utama is also popularly known as "One (1) U".Awards
1 Utama was named "Shopping Complex of the Year" at the Retail World Excellence Awards 2006/07. As of 2006, a 20-storey corporate office tower (occupied by IBM and KPMG) has been completed and a 428-room 5-star hotel attached to the mall is planned to open the following year.
There exists a free shuttle service from several areas such as the Kelana Jaya LRT station and Sunrise Mont Kiara to increase accessibility. Apart from that, the 1 Utama has recently introduced a new shuttle service to and from Cyberjaya. However, this shuttle service is not free and costs RM3.00 per trip (coupons need to be purchased at 1 Utama's Customer Information Counter).Notes and references