Aeon retail store pictured in February 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Shutterstock/File)
A second Aeon Mall will be opened in Indonesia late next month as a part of the Japanese retail store company's ambitious expansion plans in Southeast Asia's most populous country, a company executive said Wednesday.
Mitsugu Tamai, the president director of PT Aeon Mall Indonesia, said that following a success of its first mall that opened in Tangerang, near Jakarta, in 2015, the second will be opened in the Jakarta Garden City housing complex in East Jakarta on Sept. 30.
Targeted to be the largest entertainment mall in the country, it will occupy 165,000 square meters of space on an 85,000 square meter plot of land, and will have 3,000 people working there.
With five floors including a basement, the mall will host 227 tenants. It will have a food court, a game center, a nine-screen cinema, an ice skating rink and a "Fanpekka" Finnish conceptual theme park for children.
It will also have a Ferris wheel that will let passengers enjoy the view of Jakarta's city and harbor area from a maximum height of 70 meters above the ground.
"We are aiming to become the malls with the largest sales in Indonesia by 2025. By that time, we expect to have more than 10 malls in the country," Tamai said.
It expects to open one in 2018 in Sentul City, located south of Jakarta in Bogor Regency, and another the following year in Deltamas, near Jakarta.
Tamai said the mall in operation at Tangerang attracts an average of 20,000 visitors on weekdays and double that number on weekends.
"So our target of 1 million visitors a month or 12 million visitors a year has been reached," he said.
Aeon Mall Co. has 303 mall-type shopping centers, including 251 in Japan. Other than Indonesia, it also has malls in China, Vietnam and Cambodia.