Iconic A&W restaurant in Malaysia to shut down

Iconic A&W restaurant in Malaysia to shut down

The A&W restaurant in Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya, has been packed with customers as fans, young and old, flock there for their favourite rootbeer and coney dog since news of its impending closure spread like wildfire on social media.

However, the iconic fast-food joint is only shutting down temporarily at the end of the year and will return in 2018 with a fresh and improved look.

This is part of a turnaround plan by KUB Group - the franchise owners of A&W in Malaysia and Thailand - that started about three years ago.

KUB Malaysia Berhad Group managing director Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Wan Ahmad said the group was planning to develop the land with two office towers called the KUB Towers and relocate the A&W outlet while waiting for the project's completion in 2018.

"The new and improved outlet with modern concept will be located on the ground floor of the building," he said.

He, however, would not reveal where the restaurant would relocate to during the construction period, except to say "nearby."

A&W Malaysia has been going through a major revamp with KUB closing down 27 outlets throughout the country since 2011.

Among those closed to-date are in Sunway Pyramid, SS2 Petaling Jaya, 1 Utama, Ikano Power Centre, E@Curve, Spectrum Ampang and IOI Mall Puchong, all in Selangor.

In Kuala Lumpur, it ended its operations in AEON AU2 in Taman Keramat, The Mines shopping centre in Seri Kembangan, Bukit Bintang, Mahkota Cheras, Equine Park, Tesco Kepong, Taman Connaught and Cahaya Suria.

In the east coast, A&W is no longer found in Kota Baru town, Kota Baru Mall and in KB Tesco.

Up north, the fast-food chain has also closed its outlets in Kulim and Tesco Sungai Petani in Kedah while in Perak, those closed are in Taiping Central and Station 18 in Ipoh.

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