OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLETS ON 11th DECEMBER 2011
Passed by the JPO a number of times on the NSE on the way down south.
The JPO actually soft launched on 2nd December 2011 and so happened that I was on the way down to JB on 3rd December... Thought of dropping by and checked the website at http://www.premiumoutlets.com.my/ to get the directions to the JPO.
Funnily enough although the JPO is listed as being at Kulaijaya, you have to exit at Senai (U) to get there. It's fairly straightforward after you exit the NSE and there are plenty of signboards leading you to the JPO.
When we got to the JPO, there was a MASSIVE jam just to get into the place!!! Not wanting to get stuck in the jam I decided to turn around and head back to the NSE and vowed to return another day.
It so happened that I was in JB again for the weekend and we decided check out the JPO on 11th December which so happened to also be the official opening of the JPO by none other than our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Hmm.... better get there early then....
The JPO opens at 10am and we arrived there at 9:30am. There was still parking available but it was filling up fast...
This was the picture of the parking lot at 10:30am... FULL!!!
First impressions? Wah... Looks exactly like the outlet malls in USA. It was only later that I found out that it was indeed managed by the same people that run the Premium Outlet malls in the USA.
Since the JPO only opened at 10am. A quick stop at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a morning latte.
Open walkways but with strategically placed crossings in case of rain.
Check out the line at COACH!!! Waiting for it to open.
'Live' mannequin at GAP.
I like how the backdrop at Levi's was lighted up.
Self-portrait with my Fujifilm X100.
My favorite shot of the day... coffee and my X100.
What guys do while the women shop...
Before leaving we bumped into none other than our PM.
My verdict on the JPO?
Definitely worth dropping by if you happen to pass by. It's not really all that big so can't justify a trip there on its own. Make sure you get there early.... for these few months at least. It really does fill up very quickly.
Prices? Some cheaper and some not so cheap...
If you haven't been to an outlet mall in the US, just come to the JPO. It's the same except you don't have Obama walking around...