03 January 2011

First Look: 1st Avenue Mall Penang

A few weeks ago I showcased one of the two new shopping malls in Penang, Straits Quay Mall. It has skyrocketed in popularity over the Xmas weekend and I heard the fireworks display for the New Year Countdown was exceptionally impressive.

Let's take a look at the other new mall today. Right smack in the middle of town, 1st Avenue Mall is located near to Prangin Mall, Komtar, and Traders Hotel. It's a compact mall with none of Gurney or Queensbay's size, but this can be an advantage as it's extremely walkable.

Frankly, I am still waiting to be blown away by the stores here. The anchor tenant, Parkson, is a been there done that kind of place, and I'm equally underwhelmed by the other shops (as of posting date). But if it is managed well, I can see myself shopping here more than Prangin Mall and Komtar which has devolved into crummy bazaar-like places that is devoid of fashionable taste.

One of the nicest touches is the observation deck on its highest floor - I can see this being a popular place for night time musings and lovers' inappropriate public displays of affection.

Let's take a quick look around, shall we?

Parking lanes are wide and easy to maneuver

Entrance into the mall, from the parking

Parking rates as of posting date

Their highest floor is called Cloud 8

Brand spanking new karaoke

Red Box is running some RM1 promotion that has drawn long queues

Simple Xmas lights

Toilets are bright and clean (still)

Anchor tenant, Parkson

Main entrance

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