SHAH ALAM: Eco Ardence’s pop-up lifestyle hub – Ardence Labs unveiled 18 of its tenants today at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery.
The exciting mix of tenants include anchor tenant Jaya Grocer, a pet hotel – Cocomomo Pets Hotel, a football academy – Ardence Arena, an education and enrichment centre – Plant Cartridge, as well as F&B outlets such as Tealive. Llao Llao, Gindako, Croissant Taiyaki, Big Blind, Hinata Café, Let’s Joy Café, Haraju Cube, Aroi Mak Mak, Laughing Monkey, U-Mai, Bamboo Biryani, Ottimo Dessert and Chaiwalla & Co.
The 27-acre Ardence Labs is part of the commercial component of Eco Ardence. The RM8.58 billion eco-township of Eco Ardence was launched in September 2016 and is a joint venture between Eco World Development Group Berhad and Cascara Sdn Bhd. The 533-acre freehold development is inspired by modern tropical design elements and is positioned as the re-imagination of Shah Alam as a suburban city of Art, Culture & Commerce.
The development is strategically located with access via four major highways - the New Klang Valley Expressway, Federal Highway, ELITE Highway and the Guthrie Corridor. Via these highways, Eco Ardence is just 11km to Klang, 16km to Subang Jaya, 18km to Petaling Jaya, 24km to Damansara, 30km to Kuala Lumpur and 52km to KLIA.
Liew Tian Xiong, Divisional General Manager of Eco Ardence said that Ardence Labs is a breath of fresh air not just for the upcoming community in the development but for surrounding neighbourhoods in Shah Alam as well.
“The concept of Ardence Labs is exciting as we are revolutionising the idea of space by utilising refurbished containers. This enables us to offer customised spaces for growing retail and F&B brands or co-working spaces for start-ups to realise their blueprints and business plans. Business owners can enjoy the flexibility of customisation as each Lab can be tailored to suit a specific demographic without losing its identity,” Liew explained further.
“We are delighted with this new milestone achieved by Eco Ardence. The project has done well since its launch as it is an ideal township for upgraders. The introduction of Ardence Labs will definitely make the development more vibrant and we are looking forward to the further growth of Eco Ardence and our partnership with EcoWorld,” said Mohamad Nadziff Bustari, Director of Cascara Sdn Bhd.
The developer is looking to have 25 retail lots, with built-ups ranging between 290 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft. Ardence Labs is strategically located at the heart of Eco Ardence and fronts a lake. It will comprise the new and upcoming Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, unique F&B and retail outlets, working and event spaces and two football fields with ample parking spaces to cater to the development.
Works for Ardence Labs have already begun and is expected to complete by January 2018. “The first phase of our residential development, the Aeres precinct, will be completed by end 2019 and by then the community at Eco Ardence will already be vibrant with Ardence Labs activities. As a developer, we don’t only build homes but communities and this is what we aim to achieve with Ardence Labs,” added Liew.
The Ardence Labs is the first of EcoWorld’s Lab series developments. Other developments in the series include Grandeur Labs at Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam; Majestic Labs at Eco Majestic, Semenyih and Spring Labs at Eco Spring & Summer at Iskandar Malaysia.
The Labs series will act as a catalyst to activate EcoWorld’s commercial centres, giving it a unique positioning in terms of branding the developments and enhancing the value of its commercial component.
Dato’ Chang Khim Wah, President & CEO of Eco World Development Group Berhad (EcoWorld Malaysia), said that all Labs series will share a unique DNA, making it easy to replicate the distinctive experience throughout all EcoWorld developments in Malaysia.
“Unlike traditional commercial developments where each unit has its own title, the Labs series is managed by Team EcoWorld so we are able to control its tenant mix. The tenant mix will focus more on local and boutique retailers and home-grown brands, setting apart the tenants we have at our Labs developments from traditional shopping malls.
“With Ardence Labs, we aim to break the mould and create new grounds for learning and collaboration that will offer unique experiences while setting new benchmarks for chillout spots and commercial opportunities. We see Ardence Labs drawing a new generation of people to Eco Ardence, creating a vibrant hub filled with amenities for an emerging township and the communities surrounding it,” added Chang.