Penang Outlet Mall Design Village | Whats the hype about the mall?.

A true shopaholics would be able to provide you answer to the question.  Starting off with the location, operating hours, shops and brands available, where to eat, what to buy, etc.  Operated since Nov 2016 Penang Outlet Mall Design Village is the first and only outlet mall in Penang and the biggest outlet mall in Malaysia.
 
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden the mall offers popular brands including home appliances at markdown prices.  Located less than 5 minutes from the North-South Expressway and Penang 2nd Bridge at Batu Kawan.  Few weeks after the opening I got the chance to check out the place and did some shopping by myself.

Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
Built on a 24-acre tropical garden, the mall will have popular brands from fashion to home appliances all at markdown prices. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysias-biggest-outlet-mall-to-open-in-penang-next-month#sthash.ro0YjmiZ.dpuf
 The Entrance of Penang Outlet Mall Design Village

Parking Lots at Penang Outlet Mall Design Village
Sharing with you on my experiences and observations during the visit so you get a glimpse of what to expect if you go there.

1. Shops and Brands Available
There are a lot of shops already started their operations such as Padini, Brands Outlet, Hush Puppies, Converse, Superdry, etc.  The ratio is about 70:30, 30 percent of the mall is still on renovating stage that is why you can see "coming soon" sign on a few shop lots.







2. Discounts and Deals
This is the most important points to highlight.  There are so many malls in Malaysia and what makes Penang Outlet Mall unique is there are sales practically everyday!.  I managed to snap a few photos to show you some examples of the pricing of the stuff sold there. Some of the shops even offer you additional discount if you purchase more items or at a certain price.

With over 150 stores planned in the 400,000 square feet outlet mall, Design Village offers you a whole new experience of shopping in the tropical garden, with wide sheltered walkways and captivating jewel boxes. Shoppers are spoilt for choices, especially with something new on offer virtually every day, often at up to 70% discount, making it seem like a year-round sale.

Shoes price at Vincci

Offer Items in Padini

 Shoe Deals in Camel Active

Discounts in Curiosity
Offer in Brand Outlets

3.  Food and Restaurants
After spending some time in the mall of course the stomach will get hungry and you need food to refuel your energy.  There are a few choices that you can choose to satisfy your hunger and thirst ;
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Cofee Bear & Tea Leaf
  • Cube Coffee
  • Dome
  • Starbucks 
  • Wendys 
Unfortunately there are not much choices and hopefully more to open soon.


The food court

Initially I went to Wendys to have lunch however had to leave because it was super full and pack with people. I ended up eating at an open area which I assumed to be the "food court".  There was no fan so its quite hot and the food sold was pre-packed food such as mee goreng, bihun, nasi goreng, laksa.  The laksa was nice though.  There are also food trucks selling desserts operated by chinese vendor.

4.  Is the place child friendly? 
For family who is bringing their baby and child along for the shopping trips, I would say yes!.  There is a stroller provided which you can request from the management and apart from the food court (which has no aircond or fan) the shops are fully air conditions.  There is also a shop that offer a place for your kid to play while you are doing your shopping.  The shop name is Curiosity and they also sell Minions t-shirts.  

If you are tired of walking, you can take a train ride which cost RM5 and the train will take you around the mall.  
Mikael was busy playing @ Curiosity

 Mirror mirror on the wall, show your smile to them all.  

Overall experience it was good, I managed to buy a few stuff for my son and myself.  Have you been to Penang Outlet Mall Design Village?.  Let me know on the comments section.

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