10 November, 2011
by Premalatha Jayaramansunbiz@thesundaily.com
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), which has projected over RM1.2 billion in retail sales at the new permanent low-cost carrier terminal (klia2) in its first year of operations, will carry out open tenders for the retail proposition of the new terminal from next month, its senior general manager, commercial services, Faizah Khairuddin said.
The tender exercise is expected to be completed by July next year, she said.
Faizah said the tenders will be carried out in two batches, with the first batch beginning in December and the second, starting on Feb 15, 2012.
Because of the festive season, she said the airport operator decided to have the second batch of tenders from Feb 15 next year after the Chap Goh Mei celebration.
"Retailers who are interested can bid for the tenders and they can look for updates in major newspapers or log on to www.malaysiaairports.com.my or www.klia2retail.com.my," Faizah told reporters after the preview of klia2 retail today.
On how the evaluation process will be carried out, Faizah said the evaluation committee will have clear selection criteria.
She said klia2 will offer 225 commercial lots for retail, food and beverage (F&B), and services. The lots will be in the form of bars and island cafes, duplex storefronts and duty free walk-throughs.
She added that it will incorporate a movie and sports lounge as well as a children’s zone, providing retailers with a more thematic or destination retail approach.
Faizah said klia2 can handle 30 million passengers in the initial stage but has the flexibility to expand to cater for up to 45 million passengers.
"klia2 will offer both the space and facilities to accommodate huge numbers of passengers. A klia2 retailer can expect to be part of a thriving shopping scene that will see a projection of more than RM1.2 billion in sales in the first year alone," she said.
She added that the commercial space will be designed for success, balancing the needs of retailers and customers. MAHB, she said, will be working together with the retailers to stimulate customers’ senses and there will be opportunities to maximise on the technology, marketing platforms, trends and services.
Asked on the present retailers at the existing low-cost carrier terminal, she said: "It is not automatic for anybody to get a space at klia2. They (retailers) have been informed accordingly and given early notice."
Faizah noted that there are 61 outlets with 40 operators at the existing LCCT.