The humble kedai runcit has stood its ground despite stiff competition from supermarkets and hypermarkets. Before the arrival of hypermarket chains and upscale supermarkets, sundry shops served as a convenient one-stop centre for many Malaysian families. Commonly found nestled within suburban areas, the kedai runcit may be humble in size, but step inside and you will find that it offers more than its size lets on.
You could say that they are the heart and soul of the neighbourhood it resides in, a place where families of all races visit to stock up on home supplies and provisions. Some sundry shops even provide fresh groceries, spices, and traditional medicine, sometimes even becoming an unlikely source for neighbourhood gossip for housewives and for children, a magical place filled with endless treasures in the form of local treats, toys and comics that are just waiting to be brought home.
However, during recent years these sundry shops are dwindling fast as they are replaced by modern and larger grocery chain stores and hypermarkets. These upmarket supermarket business is expected to be heightened up dramatically in the Klang Valley with strong neighbourhood demands. The ever expanding affluent neighbourhood shoppers are constantly looking for quality imported products as well as convenience.
Some of the the better known grocery stores and hypermarkets are:
- Cold Storage
- AEON Maxvalu
- Village Grocer
- Presto Grocer
- Sam’s Groceria
- Urbanfresh Marketplace
- Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G.)
- Jasons Food Hall
- Isetan Supermarket
Most of these names are expected to increase their store count over the coming years.
Village Grocer, in particular, has made known of its intention to expand its store count in prime shopping centres. They are planning to open at least eight to nine new outlets in the coming two years. The list of the malls that they would be opening up are as follows:
- SS15 Courtyard Mall in Subang Jaya;
- M City, Jalan Ampang;
- Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran Tropicana;
- Plaza Arcadia in Desa ParkCity;
- Melawati Mall in Taman Melawati;
- Tamarind Square in Cyberjaya;
- Empire City Mall in Damansara Perdana;
- myTOWN Shopping Centre in Maluri, Cheras; and
- EkoCheras Mall, Jalan Cheras.
Occupying approximately 50,000sft retail spaces, Village Grocer in Tamarind Square Cyberjaya will be one of the larger grocery store in the southern Greater KL region serving residents from neighbouring townships such as Cyberjaya, Bangi, Dengkil and Putrajaya. Village Grocer Tamarind Square is estimated to open it’s door in mid-2017.