PROPERTY developer MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd breathed new life into Balik Pulau with their latest commercial development, Botanica CT Centre (BCC).
The new commercial development which is in Botanica.CT will consist of three major anchor tenants – the first large-scale hypermarket in Balik Pulau, the first KFC drive-thru restaurant in Balik Pulau and the first Starbucks drive-thru in Balik Pulau.
To complement the trades of the anchor tenants, the developer is also building 22 double-storey units of shop offices, also at BCC.
MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd is the subsidiary company of MTT Group of Companies.
MTT Group of Companies executive chairman Datuk Seri Kenny Ong said the 80,000 sq ft hypermarket, TF Value-Mart, would provide a significant amenity for the residents of Balik Pulau.
“The hypermarket will be able to cater to all household essential needs,” he said in his speech before the groundbreaking ceremony at Botanica.CT today.
“With the participation of these iconic brands, including KFC and Starbucks, they will enhance BCC’s potential as the future commercial landmark of Balik Pulau. BCC will be the new heartbeat of Balik Pulau,” Ong added.
Ong said the developer would begin the construction of the shop offices and the units were scheduled to open for sale by the middle of this year.
He added that the entire project was scheduled to complete by 2021.
“Phase One of the project, namely the construction and subsequent operation of TF Value-Mart, KFC and Starbucks will be completed within the next 12 months,” he said.
State Domestic and International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said the commercial project would be a catalyst to promote economic development in Balik Pulau.
“With the BCC, Balik Pulau will have an iconic landmark and not only famous for durians.
“The project is in line with the state’s Penang 2030 vision. This project shows that Balik Pulau is not left behind.
“We hope that Balik Pulau will be able to progress in the areas of STEM and technopreneurship, besides maintaining its greenery,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, who represented Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at the ceremony, said that having the first integrated commercial development in Balik Pulau was a momentous event.
“I would like to congratulate MTT Group for bringing in many ‘firsts’ to Balik Pulau.
“The project will be able to generate new businesses for the locals and we are excited to witness its development,” Ahmad Zakiyuddin said.
Also present were Pulau Betong assemblyman Mohd Tuah Ismail, Telok Bahang assemblyman Zolkifly Md Lazim, state Land and District southwest office district officer Mohd Hafiz Aswad Nadzmi, Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan, MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd executive director Datin Seri Saisunee Ong, QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil, TF Value-Mart chief executive officer Ho Mun Hao, Berjaya Food Berhad Group chief executive officer Sydney Quays and MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Khoo Teck Chong.
Story by Christopher Tan
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