Nowadays, Malaysia can be considered a shopping haven. After all, there are plenty of malls to explore – all offering different brands and shops. Just ask anyone, and they’ll tell you the usual mall they visit. However, back in the days, there was few shopping mall which truly stood out, and one of them was the Sungei Wang Plaza.
The Sungei Wang Plaza might be before some of our times. But, it used to be a bustling hotspot of activity. In fact, its busyness can be heavily attributed to one store in particular; their local KFC restaurant!
The Sungei Wang Plaza was one of four shopping malls available in Kuala Lumpur. So, it was understandably crowded on weekends with people flooding the square. Photos uploaded by netizens showed people crowding the escalators, gathering on each floor and swarming the various shops. In fact, security guards were allegedly dispatched to the floors to maintain order.
From the photos uploaded, the ever-popular KFC restaurant was apparently located on the ground floor of the plaza, beside the fountain in the square. As it took up one of the prime lots in the plaza, it’s monthly rent was allegedly RM60,000 a year. That’s about the price of a 1,800-square-foot- double-storey terraced house in Klang Valley!
However, the restaurant was apparently able to keep up with the rent, thanks to their lucrative business. Netizens reportedly claimed that 40 years ago, that KFC restaurant was one of the best branches globally in terms of sales, and that was after converting the sales into dollars! The photos seem to back up the claim, with one clear shot of the restaurant showing how crowded it used to be.
The KFC restaurant certainly set a record for themselves back in the day. Unfortunately, those glory days have ended, leaving only memories behind. What do you guys best remember about the Sungei Wang Plaza?
Source: China Press