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EXPANDING: The mall will have a new four-storey retail building connected to it by 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: THE Suria KLCC will have its mall extended with an interconnected four-storey retail building by 2017.
The extension will be built between Suria KLCC and the Assyakirin mosque on Lot 185 that faces the KLCC park.
The upcoming retail outlet will be part of a mixed commercial development that will also include a hotel and office units.
The construction works are already under way.
The retail area will take up 10 per cent of the space in the extension. Altogether 3,500 new parking bays will also be built.
The new development is part of the KLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd's master plan for the iconic mall.
Suria KLCC chief executive officer Andrew Brien said the existing cinema will be relocated to the new retail building once it is ready.
"It used to be all right to have a cinema in the middle of a mall. But to satisfy customers' changing preferences, we decided to relocate the cinema to the new area," he said.
The architecture of the new building will be based on a contemporary design.
Its parking area will be connected to the existing underground link at Suria KLCC.
Some 80 new retail tenants will be housed in the new building.
Brien stressed the development will not encroach into the mall's park.
"The park is protected. The construction will only take place on the development plot.
"In fact, we also want to enhance the park and its integration with the mall," he said.
Suria KLCC presently has five exit and entrance points.
Over 41 million customers visit the mall yearly.
Suria KLCC has 384 tenants with 75 per cent of the businesses owned and operated by local tenants.