Before I start, Happy Mother’s day to all mum’s out there. Mom’s are the most important in one’s life, and I love my mummy!!
It seems that Kuching is just blooming with new shopping establishments these few years. First, we had Boulevard Shopping Mall, and then, came theSpring, then Green Heights Mall and now e-mart Lee Ling or actually better known as e-mart Matang Jaya.. I have heard there will be more coming soon.
E-mart Matang Jaya actually announced their opening with a huge sale. It is a trend nowadays, and e-mart did it well. They turned the roads leading to Matang Jaya packed that there was a very bad crawl of vehicles right when you turned into the Matang Jaya roundabout. Plenty of drivers became creative, but I didn’t see any police around. All this is typical of a Kuchinginite. Rush to something new.
So what’s in e-mart? Well, If you have been to Jusco or Giant in the peninsular of Malaysia, it’s exactly the same. Don’t bother comparing e-mart with Kuching’s small puny Giant because it is so much bigger. In fact, even Everise and Choice Super Mall looks small because of e-mart. It is so big, that I started to think that e-mart would kill off all the smaller businesses around it.
You can find practically anything in e-mart, with so many variations of it. You can also get a mountain bike if you want. Are the things cheaper? I can’t say really, because I only compared the price of the washing machine, and it was kind of expensive. Other stuff?? I don’t know.
The sad thing is that e-mart does not organize the mall well. I can see a few of the kiosk and shops around selling similar stuff. Take example waffles, there was at least 3 establishments selling business!! Another thing to note is the fact that e-mart only provides fan a.k.a kipas for the establishments outside their supermarket, so imagine the heat on a humid day??
And I don’t know whether it’s a trend by Miri retailers, but e-mart wasn’t ready for this opening. Maybe their very own supermarket was ready, but many of the retailers under their roof weren’t. There was painting and drilling still going on somewhere in the building, and it reminded me of Boulevard Shopping Mall when they first opened.
Anyway, e-mart is new, and if I were you, I’d wait for a couple of days before really going into it. I went for the sake of blogging about it. Spent less than 30 minutes checking everything out and bought nothing. Maybe when it is less packed, I’ll buy something… but I’m happy to see Magic Bite making its way(finally) to Matang Jaya. And, no, I didn’t get my wish to see Pizza Hut open a branch here.