Local newswires are buzzing with reports on the opening of the latest, and largest, shopping Mall in Bali – Living World Denpasar. Developed by the Kawan Lama Group and located on Jalan Gatot Subroto Timur, Tonja, North Denpasar, Living World Denpasar has seven floors, including two underground parking levels, and is set on 3.5 hectares of land, say Nusa Bali.
The architecture of the mall is designed in such a way as to present a strong cultural sense of Bali, reflected in many areas including the main lobby and is geared towards home living, lifestyle, eat-ertianment, nature, culture, art and people. It is the third mall launched by the Kawan Lama Group, the other two being in Tangerang and Pekanbaru.
Opened just two days after Nyepi, “Living World Denpasar, will be the largest and the first shopping center in Bali that is environmentally friendly with pets, and carries an architectural concept that represents the spirit and beauty of the iconic Balinese culture in it,” explained Theresia Setiadjaja, Director of Living World Denpasar.
Apart from bringing in tenants from the Kawan Lama Group business brand and other well-known brands, Living World Denpasar also provides a variety of interesting areas that will make customers feel a different shopping experience, say Nusa Bali.
Various Kawan Lama Group business brands include ACE Hardware for home living and home improvement needs, tools and home equipment; Informa as a center for furniture and lifestyle for residential and businesses, and Informa Electronics as a provider of various electronic products for household needs.
For a variety of lifestyle needs, Ataru is available, which provides lifestyle products for millennials with a selection of superior products that are innovative, unique and functional. Furthermore, Pendopo is a home for local MSMEs in collaboration with more than 200 local SMEs throughout the archipelago, report Nusa Bali.
Toys Kingdom which presents a complete collection of toys and hobbies for all ages; Pet Kingdom which provides a care center, needs and facilities for pets; Eye Soul as a modern optical store which presents a collection of quality glasses that can support vision and style from children to adults, as well as THYS as a retail destination for bags and fashion accessories from a variety of local and international brand products.
In addition, various culinary brands belonging to F&B ID were also present as the company that oversees the entire business portfolio in the food and beverage pillars of the Kawan Lama Group, namely Chatime Atelier, Cupbop, Gindaco and Go Go Curry.
Store openings for other fashion and lifestyle brands such as iBox, Uniqlo, Puma, The Body Shop, Guardian, Kidzlandia, and Funworld also celebrated the opening of Living World Denpasar.
Meanwhile, several other large tenants such as XXI and H&M will also be coming to this shopping center soon. “Later on, there will be more than 350-tenants in Living World Denpasar,” said Theresia Setiadjaja.
Apart from tenants from well-known brands, Living World Denpasar also
presents various special areas for all visitors to enjoy, namely the Asian Market which contains more than 100-culinary MSME booths, the sidewalk on the riverbank, as well as the Amphitheater area with a capacity of 500-people and the Rooftop Community Park.
I Wayan Koster, the Governor of Bali was represented by Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) who said the mall would have a positive impact that will be felt by all levels of Balinese society, especially the city of Denpasar, because it has opened new jobs for local workers, and has contributed to driving the economy.
“We are pleased with the opening of Living World, and hope that Living World Denpasar can continue to make a positive contribution to the development of Bali,” he said.
In line with the expectations of the Governor of Bali, Living World Denpasar as the largest shopping center in Bali with hundreds of tenants has also absorbed 70-percent of the local workforce. In the future, this mall can also increase revenue and significant development in the surrounding area, say Nusa Bali.
At the opening, a commitment to care for cultural preservation and community development was reflected by giving appreciation to Ni Ketut Arini, the Balinese legong maestro who has gone global and is actively preserving the art of legong dance through the dance studio he manages.
Living World Denpasar also provides support for the Bali Aswinantha dance studio, which has created the Living World Signature Dance that has a philosophical meaning that expresses a sense of love for the environment and harmony and peace with the universe by providing facilities and infrastructure support, as well as training to support the preservation of Balinese art and culture.
Not only that, Living World Denpasar also provides facilities that dance studios can use to continue practicing and creating.
The development of local MSMEs is also an area of importance for Living World Denpasar and two social contribution programmes are part of the mall’s ethos to help improve the quality of products offered by MSMEs in the culinary, craft and Balinese fashion fields.
In the culinary field, Living World Denpasar collaborates with Samsaka Group to curate and foster more than 50-local culinary startups in the Asian Market area and become a culinary destination for domestic and foreign tourists.
While in the field of craft and fashion, Living World Denpasar will hold a fashion show to showcase the works of local MSMEs by collaborating with Pendopo, the home of local MSMEs, which is also part of the Kawan Lama Group.
Living World Denpasar also provides a fashion street, a special area that presents fashion brands that are the pride of the nation’s children. Through various sustainability initiative undertakings, Living World Denpasar hopes to continue to have a significant positive impact, especially for the people of Bali.
Source: Nusa Bali