Jaya Supermarket

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Jaya Supermarket (Jaya Shopping Centre)
General information
Status Rebuilt as Jaya shopping Centre
Type Shopping center and supermarkets
Location Section 14,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Construction started 1969 (Original) 2009 (New)
Completed 1974 (Original) 2014 (New)

Jaya Supermarket is a well-known landmark in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Built in 1974,[1] it was one of the first supermarkets in Petaling Jaya, and originally lasted until its deconstruction and subsequent accidental collapse in 2009. A new supermarket was built on the same site, renamed to Jaya Shopping Centre.

The original building had four storeys of retail units, five storeys of office units and four storeys of car-parks. The building was earmarked for redevelopment, in which it would be demolished and rebuilt with additional loading bays, access roads and security in the late 2000s. Jaya Shopping Centre has been redeveloped in the area and is currently in operations.

Incidents

Carpark controversy

Jaya Supermarket was involved in a controversy in the early 1990s when it built its 10-storey car park extension – four storeys higher than the building plans approved by the then Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ).

Collapse

On 28 May 2009, Jaya Supermarket collapsed while being torn down for redevelopment, killing seven Indonesian laborers[2] and injuring an unspecified number of people in the busy commercial district.

An investigative committee found that the deaths were due to mistakes in the demolition process, and made recommendations for improvements in Malaysia's regulations on demolition projects.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Residents looking forward to visiting their former haunt again". The Star.
  2. ^ a b "Jaya Supermart Collapse: 'Something not done right'". The Star.

Further reading

  • "Landmark neighbourhood mall in Petaling Jaya to reopen its doors". The Star.
  • "Nostalgic new mall launched". The Star.
  • "Malls start refocusing on suburbs". The Star.
  • "Jaya Supermarket demolition done without approval". The Star.
  • "Firms charged over lack of safety in supermarket collapse". The Star.

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