Isetan to permanently close 1 Utama branch

Malaysians had to bid farewell to several businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. On this list are Rasa Food Arena in Suria KLCC and Capitol Satay Celup in Melaka, just to name a few. Sadly, another well-known spot will permanently close their doors soon – Isetan at 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

The Japanese department store in Malaysia announced their branch closure at the PJ mall after 10 years of operation. Their last day of operation is set for 5th April 2022, with restaurants under Eat Paradise also said to be affected by the closure.

Three other branches still open

Isetan Kuala Lumpur took to their Facebook page on 17th November 2021 to formally share the news of their 1 Utama branch closure with their followers, while also thanking patrons for their support.

According to the post, they will be moving out of 1 Utama after “10 amazing years” of operation at the mall. Their last day will be on 5th April 2022 – which will give patrons ample time to shop with them till their closure date, set over four months away.

Isetan Closes 1 Utama Branch - Isetan
Image credit: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Nonetheless, they reminded patrons that their stores in Suria KLCC, The Gardens Mall, and ISETAN The Japan Store LOT 10 will remain open for shopping sprees. Likewise, their online store will continue to serve shoppers too.

However, no reason for the closure was given by the department store in the statement.

Isetan Closes 1 Utama Branch - announcement
Image credit: Isetan Kuala Lumpur

Besides shopping, restaurants part of the department store at Eat Paradise will be dearly missed by visitors who consider it their go-to spot for ramen and tonkatsu.

There are currently six eateries at Isetan 1 Utama, including popular Japanese dining spots Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, Ichiro Sushi Bar and Menya Musashi.

Isetan Closes 1 Utama Branch
Image credit: Facebook

Several Facebook users have inquired about these restaurants under the store’s announcement on Facebook. In response to a comment left by a curious netizen on whether the restaurants will be affected by the closure, Isetan Kuala Lumpur shared that “It includes all counters stationed at Isetan 1 Utama”.

Isetan Closes 1 Utama Branch - Eat Paradise
Image credit: Google Maps

Isetan to close 1 Utama branch on 5th April 2022

Isetan’s announcement that they will soon close their 1 Utama branch, no doubt, comes as a shock to those who often frequent the store for clothes, food and more. But while the department store will be missed by many once 5th April 2022 rolls around and the store will no longer be around, shoppers can still visit Isetan’s three other branches in KL.

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Cover image adapted from: 1 Utama Shopping Centre and Google Maps

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