The 'Green' mall in Shah Alam
Writer: Lin Zhen Yuan
Published: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
IT always takes a young person to provide vital clues to those “happening places” in the state. To some of the more well-heeled yuppies, the Setia City Mall in Shah Alam is where they want to be.
The East Entrance of the Setia City Mall in Shah Alam.
In May last year, two regional malls - Setia City Mall and Paradigm Mall - opened for business.
Each has about 700,000sq ft of Net Lettable Area or NLA.
When Setia City Mall officially opened its doors in June last year, about 99 per cent of its retail space was already taken up. Paradigm Mall recorded a 91 per cent response from retailers.
Frankly, I am not in awe of shopping malls. Through the decades, my feet have travelled thousands of kilometres, trudging through air-conditioned passages and wide corridors inside Kuala Lumpur and as far as Penang and Johor.
Malls are usually venues for families to congregate during weekends. Working women and full-time housewives like to consider Saturday and Sunday their days-off and the man of the house is usually assigned to take everybody to the nearest or the newest mall for lunch or dinner, or both.
Setia City Mall is definitely more than a walking distance from my home in Petaling Jaya but a young girl in my house seems to be enamoured by the place because she claimed that some of her allegedly high society friends have bragged incessantly about the place.
Apparently, it also helps to know that the famous H&M Swedish fashion retailer has a stall in Setia City Mall after it opened its first outlet at Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang.
When I first heard H&M, I thought it was a confectionery product but I soon learnt of its fame and products from members of the inner circle.
So we headed to where this new shopping place where some members of the “highfalutin” people assembled during weekends.
Pat Kin Pat Sun Café has an extensive menu.
There are at least four highways in the vicinity of Setia City Mall. They are the North Klang Expressway, Shapadu Highway, New North Klang Straits Bypass and the Shah Alam Puncak Alam Highway.
Some of the notable residential areas near the mall are Setia Alam, Setia Damai, Alam Nusantara, Setia Eco Park and Bukit Cahaya Sri Alam.
One of its biggest attractions is the 10.5-acre park which has been beautifully landscaped.
Children, it seems, will have a gala time cycling or flying a kite if they so wish.
In the evening when the sun has set and the sky puts on its purple and dark orange cloak, visitors will be entertained by the spectacular multi-coloured water jet in the plaza.
I have witnessed it and was suitably impressed.
The Setia City Mall can now boast that it has earned the Green Mark Gold Award from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.
Green is not only the favourite colour around this place but the mall lives up to its policy of going green wherever and whenever possible. For example, escalators slow down when they are left idle and lifts slip into a sleep mode when they are not in use.
Energy saving lights have been installed at strategic locations in order to save power up to 50%. The cooling tower apparently also “works at 50% improved efficiency”.
Other eco-friendly features include bio-waste management system to supply organic fertiliser to surrounding landscape; collecting rainwater and drip irrigation for multi-level plant boxes; and natural vegetation on carpark floors.
The two words that aptly describe this mall are “environmentally sustainable”.
There are an estimated 42 restaurants, cafes, snack outlets, bakeries, confectionary shops and ice-cream parlours spread throughout the mall.
Shah Alam residents who dislike travelling far to catch the latest movie can now enjoy the nine-screen GSC cineplex.
In keeping with the Go Green approach, the overall design of the cineplex is based on steel, stone, wood and glass.
Since Shah Alam is well-known for its vast expanse of greenery, Setia City Mall has spared no expense in living up to its reputation of peaceful co-existence with Mother Nature.
Outside the mall, the landscaped gardens are not only huge, they really look vast, especially when the surrounding residential areas are viewed from the upper floors of the complex.
Construction of the Setia City Mall began in 2009. The soft opening was held in May 2012 when it attracted more than 260,000 shoppers.
Then in June 2012, the Sultan of Selangor officially opened the Setia City Mall.
Currently, there are more than 230 retailers within its premises. The mall was a joint venture between S.P. Setia and the Asian Retail Investment Fund.
Before leaving the gigantic shopping mall, the four of us answered the strong call of hunger and adjourned to a Chinese cafe called “Pat Kin Pat Sun”.
The literal translation of the Cantonese phrase is “won’t leave until we meet”.
It was a catchy name and the selection of dishes was not only extensive, they were above average.
Like most shopping malls in Klang Valley, Setia City Mall also strives to leave a deep impression on its intended target -- middle-class families, young professionals and teenagers.
Already in its second year of operation, the mall’s fame has spread beyond the boundaries of Shah Alam.
It makes a good pit-stop for motorists who are heading home from Klang or Shah Alam and outsiders can compare the difference of this kind of new lifestyle mall with the others in different places.