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Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s oldest mall to get makeover

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2019   /  12:36 am

Sky high: The Sarinah shopping center as seen from a pedestrian bridge on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.(JP/Iqbal Yuwansyah)When Jakarta’s first retail center Sarinah was inaugurated by Indonesia’s founding father and first president,
Sukarno, in 1967, it made headlines for being the first high-rise building in Jakarta.

Standing 74 meters high with 15 stories in Menteng, in the heart of Jakarta, the state-run high rise was expected to serve as a stimulator of economic growth and means for the distribution of goods to the public to advance the interests of society’s lower class amid the country’s then-abysmal macroeconomic condition.

Named after Sukarno’s nanny, who came from a modest socio-economic background, Sarinah symbolizes support for the poor.

In its opening days, the store provided various kinds of household needs as well as enter...