It looks like another mall will be biting the dust after being hit by the pandemic since last year. In a shocking announcement, it’s been confirmed that eCurve Shopping Mall will be bidding farewell on 31st March 2021.
Malay Mail reported that tenants in the Petaling Jaya shopping centre had already been notified of its closure in the middle of this month. Tenants such as Ampang Surperbowl, The North Face and Bratpack have already announced this news on their respective socials.
Rebecca Chong, who’s a laundrette owner, shared that a majority of the tenants have already begun packing up to move out before eCurve Shopping Mall shuts down. Several eCurve outlets are also holding a move out sale in hopes to clear away some items.
“Some of the shops have chosen to stop operations altogether because they have not been getting customers since the MCO (Movement Control Order) is still in effect. The rest are packing up, like us. We have to reinstate the lot for the mall management before we move out,” Rebecca told Malay Mail.
News of the unexpected closure started circulating on the internet last night. However, don’t confuse it with the adjacent strip mall though. “It’s eCurve, not The Curve. The management met with us shortly after they served us with the letter, asking us for mutual understanding on ceasing operations of the mall,” Rebecca clarified.
“We understand that everyone is suffering due to the pandemic; we just have no choice but to go with it. But after that I think they couldn’t afford to waive the rental anymore; to maintain the mall costs a lot. We have not been able to pay rent because businesses have really suffered, especially the cinema and the bowling centre,” she added.
Rebecca pays RM4,000 in rent every month. “It’s sad that the mall has to close; many of my friends were shocked when they heard about this, asking if it’s really true. Well it is, and it is very sad. We’ve been here for seven years. The mall is a nice weekend hangout for families, it’s sad to see it go.”
Many took to social media to share their thoughts on the eCurve Shopping Mall closure:
- “Everyone has converted to online shopping. Everything is online now. Brick and mortar stores are obsolete. Expecting more shopping malls to “bungkus”. It’s sad but a reality that we must accept & move forward.”
- “This mall really brings back a lot of memories.. During 2007 I went with my family to watch ‘Mr Bean’s Holiday’ at Cathay Cineplex; around 2011, my elder sister and elder brother in law took me and my younger brother to play bowling there… There were other shops also… So sad to hear it is going to close next month.. Hope eCurve will always be remembered.”
- “So shocked after receiving verbal notice from Ecurve management that this mall going to shut down on 31st March 😭😭😭 Friends who love to bar hopping and happy hour all no longer taking the curve street as the choice after Sunway Giza, Scott Garden, Setia Walk, Trec KL and many new yam seng area. Once again stay strong all landlord and tenants, tough time will not last forever, let’s stay united and fight through this.”
Will more malls in the Klang Valley follow the same fate as eCurve Shopping Mall?
Update (1st March):
So eCurve isn’t closing down for good? FMT reported that the mall will only be temporarily closed for redevelopment purposes. No further details were provided.
Source: Malay Mail.