Ikea is coming to Penang

So the big announcement is that a new Ikea outlet is finally being built in Penang.  The announcement was made in Jan 2014 that the project was greenlighted for the popular Swedish home furnishings store to open a new location in Penang.  This past week, the announcement was  that Ikea would be the anchor store for a large RM 8 billion shopping complex.  It will be located in Bandar Cassia, Batu Kawan, on the mainland side of the new (sometimes called second) Penang Bridge.

The construction is expected to start at the end of 2014, with the first phase scheduled to be completed in 2018.  This is going to be the shopping mall with IKEA.  I know what you’re thinking.  Phew, we needed another mall!  Actually, that area is pretty empty (for now) and you’d have to drive 10 maybe even 15 minutes to get to a mall.

The second phase is scheduled to go until 2025 and will include high rise residences, an international class hotel, health care facilities, an international school and a branch campus of Britain’s University of Hull.

We’re all very excited to not have to drive to KL to go to IKEA. That’s where we get Swedish Meatballs!