Shamelin Perkasa is a township in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located between Maluri, Cheras and Pandan Indah, Selangor.TLC Hypermarket is located on the third floor, which is unconventional as most supermarkets or hypermarkets are on the ground floor for visibility and accessibility.
WHEN Kenny Yong ventured into the grocery business, he went in with two feet and few clues on what to do.
Yong’s family is the founder of TLC Hypermarket, a relatively new supermarket operator located in 1 Shamelin Shopping Mall in Cheras. Yong, who is the managing director of TLC Supersaver Sdn Bhd, which operates the TLC Hypermarket chain, is more proficient in property development, an industry his family is familiar with. He is also the executive director in Y&Y Property Development Sdn Bhd, another family owned company.
Having spent most of his working years developing industrial and hotel projects, running a supermarket did not come easily.
TLC Hypermarket’s history is rooted in a small-town wholesale grocery store known as Kedai Runcit Tong Lee Chan in Banting, which was started by Yong’s grandfather, Yong Kee Mee, in the 1930s.
But Tong Lee Chan closed its doors during the Japanese occupation of Malaya and the family eventually ventured into property development. Having built several successful projects, the Yong family, via Y&Y Property, embarked on its maiden shopping mall project in Cheras, 1 Shamelin Shopping Mall. However, the property developer could not secure an anchor tenant for the mall as the space allocated for a hypermarket was located on the third floor. Most malls host a supermarket or hypermarket on the ground floor for visibility and accessibility. After a year of pursuing potential anchor tenants, Yong’s family decided to take up the tenancy for the 115,000sq ft lot on the third floor, marking the company’s first foray into the supermarket industry.Yong and his family decided to use the name TLC in honour of the old sundry shop and in memory of his grandfather.
1 Shamelin Shopping Mall in Cheras is Y&Y Property’s first shopping mall project.
“It is very much still a family business and we wanted the name to reflect that,” Yong said.
TLC Hypermarket opened its doors in December 2012 but the business proved to be a challenge.
“When we started, we did not have a choice but to go into retail because the mall needed an anchor tenant and we could not find one. “We did not know much about supermarkets so we had to spend a lot of time to research brands and market trends. We had to learn how to adapt to market changes. It is definitely more challenging than property development,” said Yong. Unlike the property market where staying power is generally rewarded with value appreciation, Yong explained that the retail industry requires a high turnover of stock to maintain a vibrant business.
The TLC Hypermarket of today would come as a surprise to Yong Kee Mee who started Kedai Runcit Tong Lee
Chan in Banting in the 1930s. Nonetheless, there is a ready market to tap into in Cheras. The 1 Shamelin mall can count on some 500,000 people within a 10-minute drive as potential customers and is a stone’s throw away from other hypermarkets including Aeon and Tesco, which enjoy good traffic. According to Stanley Yee, assistant general manager of TLC Supersaver, TLC Hypermarket’s edge comes from providing a different ambience for its target market.
“TLC Hypermarket is a hypermarket with the ambience of a supermarket. It has the comfort that caters to modern shoppers. Additionally, we have competitive pricing and good service to try and gain more market share in the existing area,” Yee said. Today, TLC Hypermarket receives about 130,000 visitors a month, which makes up half of 1 Shamelin’s total foot traffic.TLC Hypermarket sees monthly sales of about RM3.6mil, which Yee noted is “not too bad” for a newcomer and for a hypermarket that is not located on the ground floor.
There are plans to grow the retail business to three outlets in the Klang Valley within three years to achieve economies of scale. The group has yet to identify new locations, but Yong is eyeing mature locations to ensure a ready market for its hypermarkets. Finding its footing When Y&Y Property embarked on 1 Shamelin, Yong had envisioned it to be a vibrant retail space where entrepreneurs would have the opportunity to tap into the bustling commercial and residential township of Shamelin Perkasa in Cheras. “We wanted this mall to be easily accessible to entrepreneurs, something like Sungei Wang Plaza when it first started. Most small entrepreneurs don’t have the chance to go into malls because of the high rents,” he said. Building a mall was relatively easy for Yong, but managing it is another issue altogether, more so because it is a strata mall. When 1 Shamelin was launched in 2007, some 15% of the mall or about 400 small units, all of which were prime lots, were sold to entrepreneurs and investors at RM1,200psf to RM1,500psf. Yong had thought securing sales of 15% would mean at least the prime lots would be up and running by the time the mall was completed.
Tong Lee Chan ran a fairly good wholesale business until the Japanese occupation of Malaya. However, less than 10% of the 400 units opened for business as most of them were bought as investments rather than for entrepreneurial purposes. Apart from the lots that have been sold, about 60% of the 450,000sq ft mall still owned by the company is currently occupied. “This is something we did not anticipate. Going into the mall business, we had thought as a developer and not as a mall manager. But we are learning. “We have plenty of room to grow. Our current challenge is to fill the mall. Once we reach an 80% occupancy, we should be fine,” Yong said. The group is carrying out a number of activities to drive interest in the mall and is continuously educating existing store owners to run and manage their businesses while working with various agencies to encourage entrepreneurs to take up tenancy at the mall. Yong is optimistic the mall will eventually be filled with the right tenants. He noted that the mall already has quite a few facilities including a variety of F&B outlets, a cinema, fitness centre and a badminton academy, which should draw the crowd. “I believe my idea will be successful one day. It just takes time to get there,” he said.
New landmarks set to boost Taman Shamelin Perkas TAMAN Shamelin Perkasa will get a facelift with two new landmarks coming up: the Dataran Shamelin and City Hall’s big Pudu Ulu Park. These two projects, facing each other across Jalan 4/91, will rejuvenate this area when they are completed over the next few years. Taman Shamelin Perkasa, located at 3½ miles off Jalan Cheras (next to Menara PGRM) has grown into a matured suburban township in Cheras since it was launched in 1983. One may recall how empty the commercial centre was in the early 1990s. While nearby housing schemes like Pandan Indah and Pandan Perdana were coming up, many of Taman Shamelin Perkasa’s shops and office units were vacant.
It is hoped that the development of Dataran Shamelin by KSB’s subsidiary, KSB Hartanah Sdn Bhd, and the 60-acre park would boost the township’s image. Today, the image of this commercial centre has improved partly due to the presence of the Shamelin Business Centre that was completed in December 2003. It also houses the head office of Koperasi Shamelin Bhd (KSB). Taman Shamelin Perkasa is KSB’s main property development. The park will benefit Cheras folks as massive housing projects in the city have taken up much-needed recreational space. It will also “soften” the township’s rather dowdy mix of commercial and industrial image that needs sprucing up. Work on Phase 1 of the theme park is in progress. It will have 700 car-parking bays and facilities such as cycling path, jogging tracksand a multi-purpose field.
Furthermore, there will also be sculptured gardens, fountains and a garden with reflexology path. Next to this park are the Bestari condominiums and the SK Seri Bintang Utara smart school (formerly Bukit Bintang Girls’ School). Along Jalan Cheras are the Dewan Wawasan Convention & Exhibition Centre, a badminton stadium, Jaya Jusco and two nearby LRT stations. Dataran Shamelin, with a gross development value of RM19mil, will comprise five to six floors of retail outlets and offices. It will have an L-shaped design with three blocks: A, B and C. This tropical themed complex sits on 0.61 acre next to the fully-tenanted Shamelin Business Centre. There will be a 14,000 sq ft open courtyard that can be used for exhibitions, flea market or promotional activities. Each retail outlet has its own 26 ft frontage on the ground floor with area ranging from 1,500 sq ft to 1,800 sq ft, while the 33 office suites will be from 1,300 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft.
The central Block B, launched early this year, has been sold to the Pusat Pungutan Zakat (PPZ) as its headquarters for about RM7.9mil.
Subsequently, it will also be a centre for dialysis treatment. Block C has just been launched. The ground and first floors will be sold en bloc (but buyers will be given two separate strata titles) for RM1.2mil. Each floor is about 1,600 sq ft in size KSB Hartanah Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar said the response had been “very positive” for Block C. Abdul Rahim, 62, also KSB chairman, was the former Mentri Besar of Pahang and has many years of experience as a civil servant before venturing into the private sector. He was a director of public-listed companies like Kong Guan Bhd, Damansara Realty Bhdand co-operatives like Koperasi Usaha Bersatu. He is also chairman of PPZ Wilayah Persekutuan. Since becoming KSB chairman in 1991, Abdul Rahim has resolved all of the company’s financial problems.
“Taman Shamelin Perkasa was started in 1985 but we were caught by the 1987 downturn. We’ve divested a lot of our properties in Penang and Pahang and managed to turn the company around,” he said. Under Abdul Rahim’s stewardship, KSB is treading cautiously and is not in a hurry to develop the remaining four acres of commercial land in the township.
Shamelin Perkasa Tenant Directory
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
* Category of Land Use : Industry Land
* Tenure : Lease hold expiring on 11,/09/2082
* Occupancy : Rented
* Structure : Reinforced concrete
* Roof : Metal deck roofing with aluminium insulation sheets supported on wire meshes
* Walls : Cement plastered brickwalls
* Floors : Concrete laid over hardcore and reinforced concrete slabs finishing with
Ceramic tiles, carpeted and cement rendering.
* Ceiling Finishes : Plastered ceiling, mineral - fibre boards (complete with inset lightings) and
cement plastered concrete
* Renovations :
First floor of building is fully extended and the extended area is approximately 4,000 sf
These include automatic m.s. entrance gates, metalled driveway, guardhouse,
metal-dek fencing on cement plastered boundary walls and surface drains.
* For Sale:- rm 12,800,000
Sell With Tenancy RM 55,000 monthly rental, 5% ROI
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Pandan Perdana
Semi D Factory **Leasehold** with Land ~8,000 sqft
@Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
**strategic location with city center area**
- 1.5 storey with EXTENDED mezzanine floor, with total built up appx 8,000 sqft
- lower floor with reception area
- factory/ warehouse area fitted with storage rack
- RENOVATED office space at upper floor with pantry, toilet, and 5 rooms
- easy access from MRR2, or Jalan Cheras
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
aman Shamelin Perkasa (2 Storey Semi-D Factory) For Sale
Easy Access to KL city.
2 Storey semi-d factory units.
Total Land area: 15,000 sf
Total Built up area: 20,000 sf
RM 12.8 Mil.
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
1.5 Storey Semi-D Factory Taman Shamelin Perkasa
-land area : 16000sf
-built up : 16000sf
-facing busy main road
-fully occupy area
-easy access MRR2 highway
-good for investment or own use
-Rm 13.8 mil
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
3 Sty Semi-D Factory
Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras
@ Land Area: 10,000 sf
@ Build Up: 10,000 sf
- Pandan Jaya
- Pandan Indah
- Pandan Perdana
- Kampung Pandan
- Taman Pertama
- Taman Cheras
- Jalan Cheras
- Jalan Pandan Indah
- Jalan Loke Yew
Sale: RM 7,200,000
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MV Marketing Sdn. Bhd.
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I Tech Office Solution
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Bm-Merz Service Centre Sdn Bhd
Dover Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd
Ban Hong Import & Export Sdn. Bhd.
Epsoner F & B Equipment Sdn. Bhd.
Wah Auto Interior Snd. Bhd.
Jumbohan Globaltel Sdn. Bhd.
Sinar Selamat Sdn Bhd
Hurricane Geo Inspection Survey Sdn Bhd
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