Borneo’s — And Malaysia’s Third Fourth — Largest Hypermall Opens In Kota Kinabalu


by Jaxon S on June 9, 2008

in Borneo Shopping

[UPDATE: Ah... I stand corrected. I forgot to include One Utama in PJ, thanks Yang for pointing that out]

Original posting with correction: Borneo’s largest megamall, 1Borneo — which at 139,354 sq metres is 345 sq m larger than VivoCity, Singapore’s largest and newest shopping centre — is opened in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, the Malaysian state on north Borneo.

[Photo: The Star] If my calculation is right, 1Borneo is the third fourth largest hypermall in Malaysia after Berjaya Times Square (700,000 sq m) in KL, One Utama Shopping Center (464,515 sq m) and Mid Valley Megamall (420,000 sq m), also in KL.

In fourth fifth place will be Suria KLCC at 139,000 sq m, which is about the size of Singapore’s VivoCity.

Sabah, a regional shopping destination?

Sabah Chief Minister, the Right Honourable Musa Aman, launched the soft-opening of the mall yesterday, saying the newest facility had the potential to place Sabah among the top regional shopping destinations.

1Borneo among others, has four international chain hotels, condominiums, an Auto City, oceanarium and Discovery Centre, handicraft cultural centre and a cineplex among others.

No fun shopping

Anyway, the cropping up of new shopping malls are of little cheers for me nowadays. Shopping is not fun anymore with all the rising costs.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim Ramsey June 9, 2008 at 11:11 am

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

Tim Ramsey

yang June 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm

what about 1U? i would have tot its among the top 3

sunsuron June 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I bet it will be crowded with PTI.

Kay Kastum June 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Any guitar stores in it? :)

Jaxon S June 10, 2008 at 2:41 am

Tim: Thanks for dropping by. You have informative blog too

Yang: Thanks for pointing that out. Ya One Utama is in the top 3

Sunsuron: Ya, spoiling the facility.. hopefully the mall will be made more “up market” so that the PTI will really be out of place there..

Kay: I’m sure it will be when it is fully operational. 1Borneo is supposed to be where the all the brands are converging

roy June 21, 2008 at 2:48 am

If calculated by its gross built /total area the outcome should be;-
1. Berjaya Times Square GB…..7.5 million square feet
GLA….3.4 million square feet
2. One Utama GB….. 5.0 million square feet
3. 1borneo GB…..4.8 million square feet
4. Midvalley GB…..4.5 million square feet
GLA – the area of interior floor space leased.

source – wikipedia

world`s largest is (South China Mall) GLA 7.1 million
GB 9.6 million

Jaxon S June 22, 2008 at 9:19 am

Roy, ya gross lease area is another way of looking at the size of the malls. Thanks for the figure… Ya, this entry should have looked at the size from various angles, and you’ve provided one of the angles.

Like Borneo island, people say it’s the 3rd largest, but if we think of Australia as an island, Borneo would be the 4th largest…


DynaNana August 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

any job vacancy for managment?

jaxon s August 25, 2008 at 9:10 am

you can try. obviously news business opens up a lot of other opportunities.

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