PENANG, 28 August 2018 – Residents in the sprawling at Botanica.CT Township in Balik Pulau will have more reason to cheer as popular fast food restaurant KFC will be opening its doors for business by the fourth quarter of 2019.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd (MTT Properties), a subsidiary of MTT Group of Companies and QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd (QSR Brands), through its wholly owned subsidiary company, QSR Stores Sdn Bhd (QSR Stores) to provide KFC Drive-Thru restaurant service.

The MoU was signed by Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil, Managing Director of QSR Brands and Dato’ Seri Kenny Ong, Group Executive Chairman of MTT Group of Companies in a ceremony held at Botanica Mansion, Balik Pulau. Also present at the ceremony were YB Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim Haji Hussain, Penang State Exco for Local & International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneurship Development and Pulau Betong Assemblyman YB Haji Mohd Tuah Ismail.

Dato’ Seri Kenny Ong emphasized that this strategic collaboration between MTT Properties and QSR Brands marks another milestone to the development of Botanica.CT’s commercial parcel. The participation of the iconic restaurant brand as one of the major anchor tenants will enhance Botanica CT Centre’s potential as the future commercial landmark of Balik Pulau while providing an attractive amenity to the surrounding residents.

According to Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azahari, the strategic partnership offers an excellent opportunity for QSR Brands to expand its business and restaurant services. He added that as a market leader in Malaysia’s quick service restaurants industry, it aims to be easily accessible to consumers. The company will also place great emphasis on its expansion strategies to meet consumer demands, while continuing to strengthen its core product and service offerings.

“QSR Brands truly believes in Botanica.CT Centre’s potential in meeting the demands for Finger Lickin’ Good KFC in this locality. Through this partnership, we will be offering the community in Balik Pulau and the residents of Botanica.CT with 24 hours finger lickin’ good meals. The new store will be able to accommodate up to 180 customers and have a drive-thru section. MTT Properties’ solid reputation and QSR Brands being the leader in the quick-service restaurant segment in Malaysia, we are positive that we will be able to tap into each other’s resources towards achieving our missions,” he added.

Strategically located at the intersection of Jalan Sungai Rusa and Jalan Sungai Air Putih. Botanica CT Centre is part of the Botanica.CT garden township located in Balik Pulau where existing completed developments consist of terrace houses, semi-detached houses, bungalows, Botanica Mansion and the Prince of Wales Island International School. Botanica.CT also has its own Auxiliary Police, which was launched officially last year, for patrolling the community to oversee safety and security.

This commercial development will see the construction of a 80,000-square feet supermarket, 2 Drive-Thru restaurants and 22 units shop offices. Construction is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018. Both supermarket and Drive-Thru restaurants will be the very first of its kind for the residents of Balik Pulau.

Dato’ Seri Kenny Ong informed that MTT Properties successfully signed tenancy agreements with TF Value-Mart Sdn. Bhd. for the supermarket in November last year and subsequently acquired Starbucks to operate the first Starbucks Drive-Thru in Balik Pulau in January of this year.

Botanica CT Centre also offers 22 units of 22’ x 75’ two-storey shop offices which will offer other retail options for this commercial precinct. It is expected to bring in retail businesses such as F&B outlets, beauty salons, convenient store, bank etc. It is now open for registration!.

About QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd (QSR):
A franchisee of 800 KFC restaurants in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Cambodia, QSR is also the operator of Pizza Hut in Malaysia and Singapore, with more than 380 restaurants in Malaysia and 80 restaurants in Singapore. In addition to its restaurant operations, it is extensively involved in breeder and contract broiler farming, hatchery, poultry production and processing as well as a host of ancillary businesses including baking, commissary and sauce production. This makes QSR the first and only fully-integrated food operator in Malaysia. QSR and its subsidiaries guarantee full halal compliance to customers in all of the Group’s markets. Every aspect of the food manufacturing process follows strict controls and accepts only certificates recognized by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and strictly adheres to MS1500:2009.

About MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd: BOTANICA.CT is developed by MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the MTT Group of Companies, MTT has a 50 year track record in stevedoring, barging, shipping, total logistics, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage and road transportation.In 2006, Dato’ Seri Kenny Ong, the Group Executive Chairman established MTT Properties & Development Sdn Bhd as part of MTT’s diversification in its business development.

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