No big retail companies will set up their malls in towns with little or no retail potential. So this speaks volume when Carrefour opened their doors in Batu Pahat in 2006, a second in the city of Johore. Carrefour provides the residents with the opportunity to buy their food items in the comforts of the air-conditioned confines and also, a place that challenge the cleanliness of those slimey and wet markets.
I chose not to visit Carrefour as we have a Carrefour in Singapore too. But if you're in Batu Pahat for the long-haul, then this is one place that you should visit.
How ingenious can one get when naming a mall? Batu Pahat Mall! But the mall deserves being labelled THE mall of Batu Pahat. Built in 2007, the main tenant of this Mall is the Pacific Group where they started a hypermarket, department store and food court.
Another ingenuity is that the Batu Pahat Mall is built outside of the Town Centre and that ensures that cars are not caught up in the city traffic jam. Also, anyone that uses the North-South Highway to Batu Pahat will sure to go pass the mall, thus getting a good crowd.
It seems that shopping malls in Johore at least, are catering to "play-time" for kids. From train rides to puffy paint drawing. Im just happy that all these activities are available to kids. My little girl definitely enjoyed her time there, and it's only a small dent to our pockets (RM3 for the rides and RM10 for puffy paint).
What to buy: There are many small shops that lined the insides of the Batu Pahat Mall. GNC, popular bookstore and many other eateries such as Kenny Rogers, Chicken Rice Shop and Old Town Coffee.
Since the 90s, The Summit has been the main shopping mall within Batu Pahat, and it's showing signs of ageing, though I think their website is still pretty well maintained.
Parking just in front of the mall is hard to come by, but we had to drive to the top of the mall and the view did not disappoint - a panoramic view of Batu Pahat. The Summit though is the focal point of many activities. Excusion buses depart from here and also, it's a good place to buy kids shoes.
What to buy: The low-cost shopping will definitely ensure that bargain hunters will rub their hands with glee. also, there's no shortage of food places - Kenny Rogers and McDonalds if you miss western food.
What to pay: We paid about RM25 for a pair of kids shoes. My wife bought enough shoes to fill the car boot.
The Store is the biggest tenant at the Summit Shopping Mall. From the car park, you can have a very good view of the whole Batu Pahat town. You could even see some hills and housing areas of the locals.
The Summit offers a few level of shopping and dinning experiences.