It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everybody shops. Whether or not you’re a firm believer in retail therapy, shopping has become part and parcel of modern life and shopping complexes a permanent fixture of urban living. Savings in terms of time and money are crucial for city dwellers and travellers alike, but seldom do we find a shopping destination that has it all. Come sale season, malls can morph into consumer battlefields. The magnetic pull of massive discounts compels avid bargain hunters to charge ahead with ruthless abandon, scattering the more genteel shoppers to the four winds, mourning the loss of precious hours and peace of mind.
So here’s the crux of the matter: What makes a perfect shopping destination for time-poor residents as well tourists on the go? Where can we find that unrivalled, economical yet exclusive shopping experience? Destination Malaysia sets out to investigate if such a shopping utopia does exist in Malaysia. Our findings? Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang (MOP), a Japanese-inspired premium outlet mall, is a likely contender. Located just 6 km from major air transport hubs KLIA and klia2, MOP combines a factory outlet concept with luxury shopping. This irresistible blend of creature comforts and unbeatable costs is channelled through its “Paradise Village” theme that is boldly embodied in MOP’s four distinctive zones, each with its own unique architectural design.
Sunshine Square, as the name suggests, entices shoppers with a sunlit environment complete with its own stylish skylight. Tropical Plaza and Beach Walk provide a soothing green enclave and laid-back beach vibe while Pier Walk exudes a chic esplanade ambiance. Potentially the largest factory outlet shopping mall in South East Asia and undoubtedly the biggest of its kind in Klang Valley, MOP offers a staggering range of upper-middle to high-end off-season brands and products at great prices throughout the year (read: markdowns of 30% to 70%). Among the plethora of top international brands with an established presence at MOP are Versace, Hugo Boss, DVF, Aigner, Polo Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan, Miss Selfridge, Topshop and Converse. MOP currently covers 24,000 square metres and houses famous local names too. The luxury items and designer goods available are divided into several categories such as fashion, footwear, bags, sports, kids, home, beauty, fragrances, timepieces and jewellery.
There are also specialty stores like Japan Avenue that features Japanese arts and culture, music and culinary delights. MOP’s offerings are not just limited to merchandise. A vast selection of restaurants and eateries is easily found throughout the premises. Customers can indulge in an array of delicious cuisines, ranging from genuine local fare to Western specialities. Keen to try authentic Japanese food? Have a tasty meal at Sushi Maru, where all ingredients are imported directly from Japan. A joint venture between Japan’s Mitsui Fudosan and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), MOP is a vital part of KLIA Aeropolis, MAHB’s revolutionary master plan to create a fully integrated airport city with comprehensive retail, leisure and tourism facilities.
picture taken from Mitsui Outlet Park website
Developed with passengers on layovers or short stopovers between flights in mind, MOP provides a remarkable variety of travel-related amenities that cater to this specific segment of the market, marking the outlet park as an amazing tourist-friendly shopping hotspot. The impressive services include SITA Check-in Kiosks and Website Check-in Services. You can efficiently perform self check-in and print out your boarding pass with ease. The complimentary Baggage Storage Service allows you to store your luggage while you explore the shopping options. And with the FIDS, or Flight Information Display System, you no longer need to worry about missing your flight. Its status is constantly updated for you to check. If you are an international traveller, just present your passport to redeem a Tourist Privilege Pass which entitles you to enjoy even more discounts and privileges. Connectivity is key. The Free Shuttle Bus Service transports visitors to MOP from both KLIA and klia2. When it’s time to leave, just hop on the return shuttle service that will take you directly back to the airports. For those in need of taxis, car rentals or even express buses, there’s a ticket counter to assist you with your journey.
With all these customer conveniences, this premium outlet mall has the right ingredients to become a winning shopping destination. The exciting fusion of Japanese values and Malaysian elements further adds to its appeal. Check in to MOP to discover a whole world of affordable luxuries. We wish you happy shopping!