| Faza Suraj |
SENTRAL Shopping Centre, a one-stop integrated shopping mall, will be the new addition to the Belait District’s family-oriented lifestyle scene.
Strategically-located at the prominent junction of Seria-Rasau Bypass Road and Jalan Pandan Lima, a few minutes’ drive from Kuala Belait and Seria towns, the eight-storey project developed by KBSentral Property Management is in the final stage of its construction. Currently, 80 per cent of its 34 shop units, allocated on three levels, have been occupied. Four units are in the basement, 12 units on the ground floor and 18 units on the first floor.
The shopping complex offers a variety of quality food and beverage outlets, a well-known supermarket, retail shops that provide a wide variety of textiles, carpets, computers, mobile phones, clothing and shoes. All Seasons, Pastamania, The Coffee Bean, Ochado Cafe, Sugar Bun, Jollibee, Sushi Tei, Yappe IT Store, Lof Bakery, La Kaffa, Waroeng Penyet, Balloon Buzz Party Centre, B Foot, Auntie Anne’s, Delifrance and Jaya Hypermart are some of the major attractions at the complex.
On the second floor, film enthusiasts can enjoy watching movies at the Times Cineplex which also has other branches at Berjaya Times Square in Tutong, Times Square in Berakas and The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong.
The Garden Sentral Hotel & Serviced Apartments will be occupying the third, fourth and fifth floors with 70 hotel rooms and 18 serviced apartments that come with options of one and two bedrooms complete with fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer and other facilities.
Thirty-three hotel rooms and nine apartments on the fourth floor are equipped with facilities exclusively for the hotel tenants such as a gym and a swimming pool. They can also enjoy a garden courtyard that offers stunning views of Kuala Belait.
To help organisations or the community in hosting events and activities, the sixth floor sports a banquet hall and meeting rooms.
In an interview with the Bulletin, Abby Lim, General Manager at KBSentral Property Management, said, “We want to create a platform that gives business opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and support both local and non-local entrepreneurs who are keen on venturing into trade and at the same time, and to provide job opportunities especially in the hospitality and service industry in the Belait District.”
She added, “Some of the residents in the Belait District generally do not mind travelling to Bandar or Miri for shopping or to just explore various choices which the places have to offer. We hope that this new shopping centre will add more to the choices of places to go in Kuala Belait.
“We also have to comply with all health, safety and environment (HSE) requirements and regulations regardless of the location of the building so we took our time for the project as we put safety first in the careful planning before the project started developing.”
Abby further said, “In the building there will be a total of 280 parking spaces with more on the exterior to avoid congestion of the nearby roads especially during rush hour. These will be free for everyone except for the parking area on the third floor which is only for the occupants of the hotel and service apartments.”