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Malaysia, particularly the Klang Valley, is teeming with supermarkets and grocery stores. In recent years, there have been many new supermarkets popping up catering to the expat community. Jaya Grocer, the only Malaysian supermarket with the widest range of imported goods, is a popular one among expats and foreigners in Malaysia. But what is it about Jaya Grocer that makes it stand out among the competition? Here are 8 things you didn’t know about Jaya Grocer.
1) Eight Thriving Outlets in Five Years
In the mid-2000s, a small group of people had a vision to set up a quality supermarket offering customers only the best goods. The dream became a reality when they opened the first Jaya Grocer in Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya. Fast forward to today; Jaya Grocer has a total of eight outlets in KL:
- The Intermark (new!)
- Bangi Gateway Shopping Complex (new!)
- Empire Shopping Gallery
- Jaya 33
- Mutiara Tropicana
- Damansara Perdana
- Plaza Jelutong
2) Culinary Grocerant at Jaya Grocer
The combination of a grocery store and restaurant gives customers a unique experience. At the Empire Shopping Gallery and at The Intermark Kuala Lumpur, customers get to shop for their choice of meats and seafood and bring it over to the grocerant counter (Fresco) where experienced chefs trained in Italian cuisine will whip up a delicious meal for you to enjoy at the store.
3) The Family Behind Jaya Grocer Also Started TMC and Giant!
The family behind Jaya Grocer is none other than the Teng family. This ambitious family first opened TMC years ago (Teng Mini Market) in Bangsar, which is still there today. The family also founded the Giant Hypermarket. Neither of these grocery store groups are managed under the Teng family anymore. Now their focus is on Jaya Grocer.
4) Jaya Grocer at The Intermark
In September 2013, Jaya Grocer opened their chic new outlet at The Intermark, Kuala Lumpur. This is the biggest Jaya Grocer so far and incorporates a supermarket with dining options. This huge supermarket also has a non-halal food court with outlets by Lam’s Kitchen, Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles, Sun Huat Kee’s Pork Ball Noodles, Hamky Panky and Menya Musashi.
Aside from the food court and supermarket, you can also shop for fresh baked goods at The Baker’s Son (also available at the Empire Shopping Gallery, Jaya 33, Mutiara Tropicana, Damansara Perdana and Plaza Jelutong) and dine at Fresco (where you can choose something from the menu or you can have the chef cook food that you’ve selected directly from the meat and fisher counters in Jaya Grocer).
5) Imported Goods at Jaya Grocer
Jaya Grocer may have started out as a supermarket, but they are slowly starting to enter the food and beverage side of the business. They are also introducing more global brands to cater to expats and foreigners in Malaysia, especially for their new outlet at The Intermark. For example, the selection of meats such as chicken, lamb and beef (including prime wagyu) are imported from Australia, while the octopus tentacles are from Spain and the oysters from France.
The in-house wine shop, where one can take part in tasting sessions, is well stocked with a wide range of imported beer, wine and liquor from France, Germany, Italy and South Africa among others.
Aside from the well-stocked cheese gourmet counter, one will also come across exclusive brands, which are only available at Jaya Grocer at The Intermark, such as The Collective Yoghurt range. Also, apart from the usual seasonal fruits, one can also find imported fruits such as fresh apricots, raspberries and blueberries.
6) Cooking Classes at Jaya Grocer
Cooking classes occasionally takes place at Jaya Grocer at the Empire Shopping Gallery. They are usually free but are on a first-come, first-served basis. The new Jaya Grocer at The Intermark will soon be organizing demo sessions (every Saturday and Sunday) as well. More information on cooking classes can be obtained from their Facebook page.
7) Free Recipes by Jaya Grocer
Aspiring cooks with no time to attend the cooking classes can still try out the recipes at home. Jaya Grocer’s website has a long list of recipes for one to try. These range from poultry, seafood, lamb, pasta, vegetarian, desserts, cakes and many more.
8) Hank’s Famous Christmas Turkey and Roast Beef
Hank’s Fine Foods at Jaya Grocer offers premium meats, from bacons to salamis, which are mostly imported from continental Europe and Australia. During the Christmas season, customers can place orders for Hank’s famous Christmas turkey and roast beef. These can be picked up from the store. Hank’s is located at Empire Shopping Gallery, Damansara Perdana and Plaza Jelutong. You can also request orders through the managers of any of the Jaya Grocer outlets.