this is the building...
I used to do a lot of shopping here.
I would go to Sungei Wang first, park my car at the Bukit Bintang side
and go up......Sungei Wang and BB Plaza shared the same building
and my sis-in-law taught me (I was newly wed back then) that when the floor tiles changed from red (Sungei Wang) to green (Bukit Bintang) then I would be at the Metrojaya building. My shopping steps in Sungei Wang always changed from red to green!! hahaha! I loved shopping at both, it was ...well it was just the 80s, 90s, and even 2000 before a slew of shopping malls and mega malls assaulted me and I neglected dear old Sungei Wang and Metrojaya. And now Metrojaya Bukit Bintang is closing.....
Iconic Bukit Bintang Plaza closes down to make way for 60-storey luxury condo
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18, 2015:
As BB Plaza readies to shut down by March this year, its largest tenant, Metrojaya ran its closing down sale over the past few weeks.
With today being its last day of operations, a few took the opportunity to grab their moving out sale.
Some customers and Metrojaya staff told The Rakyat Post that its closure was upsetting news as the decades-old mall held memories for them.
One customer, who only wanted to be know as Chong, 50, said she used to work at Imbi Plaza here as a clerk.
During her break, she would have her meal at BB Plaza and take some time to walk around.
“I’m quite upset that it’s closing because it’s my favourite mall. I used to take the public transport to work and got so familiar with the place that I keep coming back here.
“When there was a sale, many would rush here and it would get so crowded that it was hard to shop.”
She added although she now stayed in Desa Petaling, she still enjoyed heading to BB Plaza.
Wong Ping Keong, 63, who moved to Kuala Lumpur from Kelantan in 2008, said he frequented the mall, especially Metrojaya.
“I always come here, at least twice a month. I came today because of the massive sale, but didn’t buy anything today because I spent quite a bit yesterday.
“I like coming here because it’s close-by, although the products may be the same as anywhere else.”
Syareena, 47, has been working in Metrojaya for seven years and said many frequent customers had told her how upset they were that it was closing.
“They talk about how much they like this mall as they used to come pak toh (dating) here.
“I’m also quite sad that it’s going to shut down because I’ve worked here for so long. It’s a convenient place to shop because of the monorail station here and many know the place as BB Plaza and not Sungai Wang.”
She said the staff would be transferred to other Metrojaya outlets and she would be going to the branch at The Curve, Damansara.
She also shared that a farewell party was planned for Metrojaya’s staff on Jan 28.
Sarima Shin, 49, who works at the ladies department, said she would be placed at the Wangsa Maju Metrojaya branch.
Having worked there for four years now, she noticed that since the MRT construction commenced, there had been less customers frequenting the mall.
She revealed that four years ago, daily sales raked in RM1,000 to RM2,000 and above. These days, however, sales were down to between nothing and RM1,000.
“I’m also quite sad, because I will go to a place where I have no friends. But when I move to the Wangsa Maju branch, it will be closer to home.”
She said come tomorrow, staff would be given five days to clear everything to be taken to other branches.
While the two know what the future holds for them, things are not the same for Nepali security guard Abintomaiai, 26, who has yet to know where he would be placed.
“I have a three-year permit to work in Malaysia and this is my second year with Metrojaya. I don’t know where I’ll be going to because my boss has not told me yet.”
BB Plaza is expected make way for a 60-storey luxury condominium with a three-level mall below it.
UDA Holdings chairman Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani reportedly said in the middle of last year that the redevelopment would be incorporated with an underground MRT station, currently under construction.
Advertorial in the Sunday Star, 18 January, 2015 page 21
Thanks for the Memories Metrojaya Bid farewell to iconic
outlet in Bukit Bintang
Remember the days when shopping was synonymous with Metrojaya? When the festiviteis came around and buying new clothers meant driving down or taking the bus to Bukit Bintang? We do too.
Hence, it ws with great sadness, we say goodbye to our iconic outlet that has long been a source for exciting shopping escapades and fond family moments for many of us through the years.
After 36 years of bringing joy to customers living in the Klang Valley area, the Metrojaya Departmental Store in Bukit Bintang will be closing its doors on 18 January 2015. The store located in the heart of the golden Triangle will end operation due to the demolishment of BB plaza. As we close one wonderful chapter in our long heritage, we drawn our vast experience to open the door for better things to come.
Metrojaya first commenced business in Pertama Complex in 1976. It subsequently opened in BB Plaza in 1979. Since then, it has been synonymously linked with BB Plaza as one of the key landmarks Bukit Bintang being the place people not only shopped but also a familiar meeting point for many, in the heart of the city.Occupying 135,000 sq ft on 6 floors, Metrojaya BB was indeed the one stop shopping destination providing quality, exclusive yet affordable fashion and household goods to a variety of customers and lifestyle In fact, it was known that many office workers deliberately apply for leave, just to be among the first at the Metrojaya Sale.
Strategically situated within Kuala Lumpur;s busy business and shopping hub, Metrojaya was also known to stop traffic in it heydays, especially during the festive season and sales period. Today it is still widely recognized as the store with the most exciting Christmas decorations. For many of us, Christmas would bet be complete without shopping at Metrojaya.
As we say goodbye to BB Plaza, all of us at Metrojaya would like to wish our valued customers, vendors and business partners a heartfelt thank you for your loyalty and support for Metrojaya BB Plaza, through the years.
Our days in BB PLaza may be over but the Metrojaya magic lives on. Metrojaya will always be part and parcel of Malaysian life as it is committed to trend setting fashion with a promise of great things to come. Watch out for new events within out stores and in the near future. Exciting changes are underway to enable us to serve you better.
Metrojaya stores are located in Mid Valley Mega mall, the Curve and Brem Mall in Klang Valley, Plaza Pelangi and Danga Mall in Johor Bahru, Suria Sabah Shoppping in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and CityONE Kuching in Sarawak/
Read more: http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/01/18/customers-rue-closing-bb-plaza/#ixzz3RA0QtaNY