6 years ago, Malaysia had its first branded outlet known as the Johor Premium Outlet (JPO). Later on, another branded outlet known as the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA came to the scene in May 2015. In contrast to the local brand Johor Premium Outlet, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA is actually an outlet of Mitsui Outlet Park, a beloved Japanese luxury goods outlet mall chain and they have 13 of these similar outlets across the entire Japan. In addition, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA is the first Mitsui Outlet Park outlet that is outside of Japan and the first of its kind in the South East Asian region. Essentially, this Mitsui Outlet Park is a joint venture project between the Mitsui Fudosan Co Ltd, a giant Japanese real estate company and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
With an area of 25000 square metres with around 140 outlets when all the 3 phases are completed, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA is huge. This outlet is only located around 60 kilometres away from the Kuala Lumpur city and 6 kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2, an airport designed for budget air carriers. The first phase was completed in 2015 and Phase 2 will be completed sometime this year in 2018 while the final phase will be completed in around 2021.
As this is part of a luxury goods outlet mall chain, you can expect to find many off-season products from upper middle to high end brands such as Ermenegildo Zigna, Diane von Furstenberg, Aigner, Hugo Boss, Bally, Hush Puppies, Timberland, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Porsche Design, Rip Curl, Vinci, and so on. These brands are typically sold for 30 to 70 percent off from their standard retail prices. You can also visit the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA official website to see a list of brands that are available in this outlet.
In contrast to the Johor Premium Outlet or any Premium Outlets franchise in the world, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA looks rather like a typical shopping mall than a premium outlet. It is indoor and fully air-conditioned with plenty of sofas and benches to sit on if you would like to take a break from your shopping spree. There is a food court and several restaurants such as Straits House, Sushi Maru, Gao!Gao!, and M.A.D for hungry shoppers. There are also 4 different interesting concepts that you can see inside the outlet park and they are Sunshine Square, Pier Walk, Beach Walk, and Tropical Plaza. For example, you will feel as if you are on the beach when you walk into the Beach Walk area.
In terms of current brands available, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA do not offer certain brands such as Coach, Columbia, Fossil, Kate Spade, Furla, GAP, Michael Kors, Padini, Swatch, Rubi Shoes, TUMI, Victoria Secret, and Bath and Body Works that are usually available in Johor Premium Outlet. However, this may change once the second phase and third phase is completed.
Due to its close distance to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA 2, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA is an ideal shopping place when you are waiting for the next flight or between flight transits. The outlet also provide amazing Shop and Fly facilities such as the Flight Check-In center where you can store your luggage for free of charge, SITA Self Check-in kiosks machines, computers with printers to print your check-in flight and boarding pass, and LED TV displaying the flight information system to keep you updated on your next flight. The Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA offers free shuttle bus service, taxi, and car rental if you need to get back to the airport. The free shuttle bus from Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA to KLIA and KLIA is scheduled to run every 20 to 30 minutes. The first bus will depart at 8.30AM and 8.40AM from KLIA2 and KLIA respectively while the last bus departs at 11.10PM and 11.20PM. From 10.10PM to 11.10PM, the bus will depart on every 30 minutes instead of the usual 20 minutes. There will be a total of 41 bus trips from KLIA and KLIA2 to the Mitsui Outlet Park every day and this includes Saturday, Sundays, and Public Holidays. The whole ride will take less than 15 minutes and it is comfortable and convenient for travellers. From KLIA2, you can get a free shuttle bus service to the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA at Transportation Hub Level 1, Car Park Bay B9/B10, and exit door 3. The free shuttle bus service is also available at KLIAs main terminal Level 1, Gate 2 and exit door 2. However, it is important to note that the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA only opens from 10AM to 10PM. Other useful facilities that are available in the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA includes a mosque, ATM machine, money changer, changing room for babies, accessible restroom, and parking area for disabled people.
The Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA main intention is to target tourists, bargain shoppers, big shoppers from the ASEAN region, China, Middle East, and the rest of the world. They also hope to attract Malaysians living in the Klang Valley area to visit the outlet. According to a news report by New Straits Times on 4th of January 2017, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA has hit least two million visitors for the first phase. Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, the managing director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, also said that the total numbers of visitors looked good so far for the first phase and most of their customers are tourists that come from China in this news report.
If you are a tourist, you can also take full advantage of the special discounts and shopping privileges available by visiting the Information Center at the Ground Floor of the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA to collect your Tourist Privilege Pass.
If you are local Malaysian and plan to drive there using your own vehicle, you will be pleased to know that there will be ample parking spaces available. According to an update on 2nd of March 2016, the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA parking rate for the first hour is RM2 and RM2 for every subsequent hour after that. The penalty for loss of ticket is RM50. Alternatively, you can also use a ride-sharing service such as UBER or GRAB to get to Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA.