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CentralPlaza Lardprao (Thai: เซ็นทรัลพลาซา ลาดพร้าว or เซ็นทรัลลาดพร้าว) is a shopping mall on Phahonyothin Road at the end of Lat Phrao Road in Chatuchak district, Bangkok. The mall opened in 1982 and was the first shopping mall of Central Group, Thailand's largest retail corporation.Overview
The mall has a total of seven floors with a basement floor included. On the top floor is a food court selling different types of food from Thai to international. In addition, there are international food restaurants as McDonald's and Starbucks.
The shopping mall and Sofitel Centara Grand complex also houses Bangkok's first convention center. The hotel features more than 600 rooms and six restaurants. In front of the mall there is an outdoor market selling such items as inexpensive watches and clothes.
Central Plaza Larpdrao is the largest source of income for the Central Group, accounting for 27% of its revenues in 2004. Plans have been made to expand the mall, with Central wanting to buy Hor Wang high school next to the mall with a 23 rai plot of land.
The mall is built on land leased by Central from the State Railway of Thailand, and the lease has been the subject of disputes.Central Department Store
Central Department Store has a 7 storey branch located in Central Plaza Lardprao.Renovation
Central Pattana, Central Group's property arm announced on 10 August, 2010 its 3.6 billion baht renovation plan for Central Plaza Lardprao. The plan has been developed since the company renewed its land lease with the State Railways of Thailand for another 20 years to 2029.
Renovation of Central Plaza Lardprao was delayed to compensate for the loss from the closure of Central World. CPN will close its Lardprao mall for six months from February 2011. The expected closure of Lardprao for renovation will cost the company 15-16% of total revenue in 2011, Mr Kobchai said. The renovation work will include new interior and exterior designs, a new security system, as well as an additional parking plate for 160 cars. CPN expects the transformation will attract 150,000 to 170,000 visitors a day to Central Lardprao, up 20% from the current level.Parking
The mall, hotel and convention center have parking space for 3,600 cars.Transportation
- Bangkok Metro – Phahon Yothin station.
- Skytrain – Mo Chit station.
Opposite Central Plaza Lardprao is the eight-story Union Mall, which opened in February 2006. Index Living Mall is located nearby, as is a Tesco Lotus and the Supalai Park Towers. About one kilometer away at Ratchayothin junction is Major Cineplex Ratchayothin, 14-screen movie theater with a shopping arcade, a 38-lane bowling alley and a karaoke parlor.