New drive-thru concept in Ikano Centres Penang to be fully operational next year

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): Ikano Centres is launching a new drive-thru concept next to IKEA Batu Kawan, Penang, which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2021.

The component will complement the current dine-in IKEA restaurant, and food and beverage (F&B) tenants.

“Malaysians have a great love for food and appreciate convenience. For many, drive-thrus have become a quintessential part of their lifestyle and may play a crucial role in our ‘new normal’. Building our first drive-thru concept in Batu Kawan is one way for us to create a safe and positive space for the community to come out and enjoy their favourite food,” said IKEA Southeast Asia’s shopping centre and mixed-use director Christian Olofsson in a press statement.

He added that 97% of the retail space were leased out in the first phase and that has motivated the firm to continue developing and creating spaces for more global and local businesses to grow with it.

A 35,000 sq ft McDonald’s will be Ikano Centres’ first partner to complement the on-the-go concept. The quick-service restaurant will be Penang’s 16th free-standing outlet.

Meanwhile, Ikano Centres is in discussion with petrol station operators to meet the high demand within the growing township of Aspen Vision City in Batu Kawan.

The latest anchored-by-IKEA commercial development is a joint venture between IKEA Southeast Asia and Penang-based property developer Aspen Group to develop Aspen Vision City.

Within the region, IKEA Southeast Asia owns and operates five shopping centres anchored by IKEA.

Erlynda Jacqui Chan