• Joining partners to launch services under concept of “Have a BIG Life” on 28th August 2015

• Be enchanted by beyond-imagination installation of artistic decorations throughout the shopping center

• Announcing collaborative plan with IKEA to open new model IKEA store in future

Bangkok – 1st July 2015: Central Pattana plc (CPN) is teaming up with partners such as Central Department Store; Major Cineplex, the operator of Westgate Cineplex; SB Furniture, Virgin Active Club, the premium fitness club; and copyright owner of the popular cartoon “Doraemon” Animation International (Thailand) to announce their readiness for the opening of CentralPlaza Westgate on the upcoming 28th August.

CPN is also announcing collaboration plan with the major international furniture company, “IKEA” to open a new IKEA store in the future. The new IKEA store will accentuate CentralPlaza WestGate as the ultimate “super regional mall” of the region.

Wallaya Chirathivat, Senior Executive Vice President of Business Development & Project Construction of CPN said: ‘CentralPlaza WestGate is a game-changer for the retail industry with its vastness, it is an epic project and has a total investment of over 14 billion baht on the full phase of 500,000 m2 space, located on 100 rai of land. We believe that this project will turn the Bangyai intersection into a new Central Business District. The Bangyai intersection is the gateway of western Bangkok and we are confident in its potential because of the government’s mega projects that link all the transport routes together including the MRT Purple Line, public transportation, piers, a ring road, expressway and motorway, which will turn the Bangyai intersection into the most comprehensive transportation center covering all modes of transport and travel.’

CentralPlaza WestGate will become the destination that gathers the ultimate lifestyle experience and entertainment for everyone in the family together. It will complement the Bangyai intersection, the new CBD of western Bangkok, with extensive products and services from CPN’s major partners. CentralPlaza WestGate is unique with featured designs and art installations beyond imagination under the concept of “Have A BIG Life”. The decorations inside the shopping center are a super-sized spectacle with enormous and colorful features along with special technology to build excitement such as the Welcome Gate, the Green Courtyard meeting point (where the 4th-floor-building height LED water features are located), the Rainbow Bridge, decorated by colorful LED lights, and the Beyond-Imagination music garden etc. These features are in place to create fun, enjoyment and support the families of our customers.

In addition, CentralPlaza WestGate is also a home for popular Thai and international brands of over 500 stores and a variety of products from CPN’s partners such as Power Buy, B2S, Office Mate, Super Sports, Tops Market and Tops Super Store. An international food center, lifestyle dining, family dining and takeaway food services are all available on over 23,000 m2 of space. The activity zone and convention hall at CentralPlaza Westgate is capable of supporting over 3,000 people.

The main partners of CPN are united in offering great lifestyle experiences and the ultimate and most innovative entertainment to make CentralPlaza WestGate the best super-regional mall in Southeast Asia, which will draw attention from both Thai and foreign customers. CPN’s partners include Central Department Store with almost 40,000 m2 of space and an extensive range of products (to a similar level as CentralPlaza Ladprao).

WestGate Cineplex, the first full-format world-class luxury cinema on over 10,000 m2 offers new entertainment experiences with its 3,000 seats in 12 digital cinemas including the Kid Cinema, where the entrance is decorated in special themes designed exclusively for children. The VIP Ultra Screen cinema and advanced screening systems such as 4DX and IMAX come with the best Atmos sound systems.

SB Design Square at CentralPlaza WestGate, a center for home decoration products and services offers a “Beautiful home in one place”. It includes an extensive range of furniture and home furnishing items that cater to all the various styles of design and decorations. The free interior designer services center can help you, from the initial consultation, to design any style of house interior and help to handle built-in work, and provide a comprehensive furniture layout design with its virtual 3D program. It can even calculate the decorating budget. SB Interior Designer Services is there to make the customer’s home decorating much more convenient and easier.

Virgin Active Clubs, a world premium fitness club, is presenting the latest Virgin Active Club based upon the global ‘Life Centre’ concept, which is a new model for Thailand. Life Centre features a full range of high quality facilities, advanced fitness equipment, a large gym floor with new exercise machines and programs. The exercise space is open and airy, and includes a café where club members can relax and make new friends, and enjoy social interaction with other members.

“Doraemon Comic World” is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Doraemon comic book, a very popular comic book from Japan. This will be the first time that all the fans can have a great time enjoying capturing memorable moments with the comic in a giant mock-up town from the Doraemon comic book. This will become a world-class attraction that will draw attention from Thai and foreign visitors.

CPN also plans to collaborate with IKEA, a global furniture brand, in the future opening of the newest model of IKEA store at CentralPlaza WestGate. Mr. Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director of Ikano Private Limited confirmed his team’s ambition to open the second IKEA store in Thailand at CentralPlaza WestGate. Mr. Christian Rojkjaer who is responsible for the IKEA franchise in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia said: ‘We want all of our IKEA stores to be part of an inspiring retail destination that makes it as easy as possible for people to shop and enjoy a day out with the family – and WestGate provides it all. We believe CentralPlaza WestGate will be the best regional shopping centre in west Bangkok. CPN’s strong one-stop shopping concept and excellent links to major roadways and public transport make it the perfect location for us to further our vision of creating a better everyday life for many people. Our hope is to develop a one-of-a-kind IKEA store that is fully integrated into the shopping centre, offering shoppers access to the IKEA Store from all levels of the shopping center – creating a seamless shopping experience.

Ms. Wallaya concluded: ‘We see the importance of the convenience in travelling to the shopping center so we built a skywalk that directly connects the MRT Talad Bangyai station to the entrance of the shopping center, and a flyover across from Karnchanapisek Road in addition to an underpass from Rattanathibet Road, which directly connect to the entrance of the shopping center without interfering with the traffic on the main route. In addition, we have international standard parking, which is safe and able to support over 5,000 vehicles.’

CentralPlaza Westgate is opening on 28th August 2015 and there will be an amazing grand celebration on 17th September, followed by continuous activities and promotional campaigns right up until the New Year celebrations.

Please Note: Collaboration between CPN and IKEA is currently in the implementation phase of final documentation.

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