Malaysia May Get Its First Official Apple Store in 2022

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The Exchange TRX is set to be a brand-new retail experience with many new tenants, like Malaysia’s very own Apple Store!

Various news outlets have latched on to the latest edition of The Edge after it was reported that Apple could open its first retail store in Kuala Lumpur sometime next year. According to official sources, Apple Retail Store representatives made a recent visit to the capital and heavy negotiations are in the works to for the outlet to open in Malaysia’s newest financial and business hub, The Exchange TRX.

Reports also include that while negotiations are progressing, there’s still quite a bit of “cajoling and convincing” being done by management of The Exchange TRX to secure an Apple Retail Store here.

If Malaysia is successful in getting an Apple Store, we’ll be third in the Southeast Asian market after Singapore, which has three Apple Stores, and Thailand, which has two.

Singapore’s flagship Apple Store, first of its kind to sit directly on water | Image Credit: Apple

The Tun Razak Exchange, or TRX, will hold a massive retail space offering 1.3 million square feet of lettable area that will be known as “The Exchange.” With its opening scheduled in Q3 of 2021, Malay Mail reports that “The Exchange TRX has promised to bring in new market brands, flagship statement stores, experiential dining, leisure and entertainment concepts spanning more than 400 experience stores.”

TRX will also feature a 10-acre rooftop park with direct connectivity to Sungai Buloh–Kajang (SBK) and Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) MRT lines.

While TRX itself should open later this year, the retails spaces of The Exchange are only expected to fully open in 2022, and will include some new and prominent tenants. Japanese luxury department store Seibu will be one such tenant that will occupy up to 250,000 square feet of space across four floors, and shoppers can look forward to a new premium food store, Dairy Farm International. Golden Screen Cinemas have also revealed plans to introduce a premium cinema experience at The Exchange.

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