Thursday, December 26, 2019

R & F Mall Johor Bahru

R & F Mall is pretty huge, it has 3 levels above the ground, not sure whether there is any basement levels.  There are two courtyards, one outdoor, and one indoor, both are big.

Outdoor Courtyard

Indoor Courtyard

On level 1, you can find Jaya Grocer, a supermarket where you can do your groceries.  There are quite a number of restaurants too, including fast food, Chinese food, and local brands such as Soon Huat.

Jaya Grocer

There is a Daiso on level 3, everything is at the price of RM5.90.  Based on the exchange rate of SGD1.00=RM3.00, the price is just a few cents cheaper here.

Daiso on Level 3

On level 2, there is an Emperor Cinema.  The exterior looks pretty luxurious.

Emperor Cinema

There are still many empty shop spaces available for rent on all levels.  I was there on Christmas Day itself, about 3pm.  The crowd at the mall was very thin, at some time I was a bit scared, as I was the only one in that particular area and I could see nobody else.

Oh, what is definitely worth mentioning is their toilets, super clean and well maintained.

The concept of the mall, the layout, the construction and the tenant mix are all quite good.  If R & F Princess Cove condominium is fully occupied, then for sure the residents population itself could support the mall.  However, the condominium's occupation rate is still quite low.    In addition, there are simply too many malls in JB.  Just a 15-minute walk away, you have JB City Square and JBCC.  A bit further away, there are Danga Bay, KSL,  Pelangi Mall and Mid-Valley South Key.  There are many other malls in Johor Bahru, while the total population is only about 500,000.  The locals simply can't support that many malls, and Singaporeans are quite turned off by the constant traffic jams at the Causeway and 2nd Link between Singapore and Malaysia. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

How to Get to R & F Mall Johor Bahru

R & F Mall is a new shopping mall in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, by the developer of R & F Princess Cove, which is a Guangzhou, China based real estate developer.  The mall was soft launched back in March 2019, and now it is already December, so I decided to check it out this Christmas.

Access to the mall is pretty convenient.  Once you come out from the Malaysian CIQ building, you will see JB Sentral.  Don't go there, turn left instead.  You will see a link bridge, and the entrance is where my blue arrow is pointing in the picture below.

At the start of the link bridge, you will see a small signboard indicating that it is the way to R & F Mall. 

You follow the link bridge and keep walking. 

After walking for about 15 minutes, you will find R & F Mall right in front of you.

It is very simple, isn't it?  In my next blog post, I will share with you more about R & F Mall.