When in Penang, Malaysia, visit Gurney Plaza for your shopping needs. Located at the famed Gurney Drive, this leading shopping mall in this part of the world is an upscale department store, the second largest in the city, and home of the 12-screen Golden Screen Cinemas with THX auditoriums. This is the largest cinema complex in northern Malaysia. Gurney Plaza’s original structure was completed in 2001, but in November 2008, a new wing was constructed facing Kelawai Road. The new 7-storey wing has 83 new shops sprawled in a 14,000-square-meter area and 800 new parking bays. (The largest mall in Penang is Queensbay Mall.)
Gurney Drive is a seafront promenade in Georgetown, Penang. It is a popular hangout area for locals, expats and tourists, particularly the many local food stalls along the seafront that get very crowded in the evening. People flock to get a taste of “hawker food”. The Gurney area is owned by the Singapore-based CapitaLand Company and was named in 1952 after Henry Gurney, the British High Commissioner in Malaya during that time. Found along the promenade are Gurney Park Condominium, Millennium Towers, The Regency, Gurney Resort Hotel, and of course, the Plaza.
The huge Plaza has over 300 stores. Its main market consumers are nearby posh residential precincts and hotels. Gurney Plaza has seven floors of exciting shopping, which include important international outlets such as British India, Body Glove, Calvin Klein Jeans, Dockers, East India Company, Elle, Levi’s & Dockers, MANGO, Valentino, Versace, Timberland, G2000 Guess, Hush Puppies and Giordano, among many others, with a number of restaurants, fast foods, and cafes, which include Coffee Bean, McDonald’s, Gelatissimo, Manhattan Fish Market, Manila’s Place, Nando’s, Seoul Garden and Starbucks. It also has boutiques, beauty shops, banks, perfumery, jewelry stores, bookstores, electronic gadgets, leisure and entertainment areas, children’s wear, toys, sportswear, fitness center, DVDs and CDs, household items and everything else that a shopper might look for. The most important tenants are the Parkson Department Store and Cold Storage Supermarket at the basement area.
Gurney Plaza symbolizes the progress and development of Penang as the leading tourist destination in Malaysia. This tiny city on the north-western coast of the Malayan Peninsula has a fast growing economy, thanks to the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone. Penang exports electronic products, semi-conductors, computer products, medical devices, gold, textiles, and jewelry. Penang’s leading attraction is the capital city of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Gurney Plaza is found. Penang is also widely known for its medical and educational tourism, exciting nightlife, a few scenic beaches, and shopping centers.
Gurney Plaza is certainly one of the most frequently visited and often crowded shopping center in Penang. To get there, simply follow Gurney Drive or Kelawai Road. It is not difficult to find since everybody knows the place. Parking is also not a problem since the mall has two levels of parking on the basement area and two more on the 8th and 9th floors. Visitors may enter the basement parking from either Gurney Drive or Kelawai Road.