Shoppers mourn as KL’s E-Curve mall prepares to close for redevelopment

E-Curve shopping mall. Photo:
E-Curve shopping mall. Photo:

Malaysian shoppers who used to frequent the E-Curve mall in Kuala Lumpur have been mourning the closure of the 14-year-old retail space following the announcement that it was closing for a makeover.

Malaysians who originally thought that the mall would be closing for good have been sharing memories of the place online since Saturday. The management has since clarified that the mall will reopen following redevelopments that were set to begin after March 31. 

“Oh my god this is so sad. E Curve is a big part of my life,” Twitter user @Decafinvegas said. “[It’s] where I [spent] my [teenage] years.. The arcade, Karaoke, Laser Tag, Bowling. I’m so emotional now.. my first date, first kiss.. hanging out with my besties. Hmm they’re all just memories now.”

Mall tributes streamed online since Saturday, when the admin of the Malaysia Shopping Mall Facebook page said a tenant was given “verbal notice” of the mall’s closure at the end of the month. 

It was not clear what goes into the redevelopment plan or how long it would take. Coconuts’ queries sent to developer Boustead Properties were not immediately responded to. 

Another user @Fienuts said she felt sorry for all the businesses that were forced to close due to the lockdown. “I loved going to the cinema at e-Curve. Such a pity that it will be closed soon. Really feel sorry for businesses that are affected by the MCO.”

“I used to hang out, watching movies etc… Gonna miss u e-curve,” shopper Shani Ahmad said.

Located in between two malls Damansara’s The Curve and IPC Shopping Center, E-Curve stood out as a hotspot for family-friendly entertainment and activity outlets like karaoke, ice-skating, cinemas, and laser tag, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced these places to close down for most of 2020.

The 600,000 sq ft mall also hosted bazaars for local brands on the weekend.

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