Malaysians spend a lot of time and money on grocery shopping. The average Malaysian can spend about RM 5,760 on groceries alone every year. There are currently 43 supermarket chains in Malaysia and most of them are located in Kuala Lumpur.
Although many local grocery stores have websites for customers to conveniently shop online, which saves time from traffic, heavy bags and long queues – there are still occasions when one has to pay a visit to the grocery store, to quickly pick up some last minute items.
For that, here are 10 major grocery stores in KL to shop:
This British multinational grocery chain came to Malaysia in 2001. They offer fresh produce, household items and apparel. Apart from that, Tesco also have their own in-house brands, namely Tesco Choice and Tesco Light Choice. The best part about shopping in Tesco is that you don’t need to pay for parking at any independent Tesco store. Currently, there are 40 Tesco outlets in Malaysia and you can find them at Klang Valley, Perak, Penang, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, and Kelantan.
Formerly known as JUSCO, Japan’s largest retail group AEON first came to Malaysia in 1985. With 28 outlets operating across Malaysia, AEON is certainly a good place to shop at, as it offers food, clothes, and lifestyle products – all under one roof. Besides that, AEON also has their own global private brand called TOPVALU, which was initially rolled out in 1994, in Japan.
Giant promises great value, big variety and low prices. The brand was founded in 1944 as a small grocery store in KL. Being one of the leading retailing chain in Malaysia that pioneered the concept of modern supermarket shopping, Giant hypermarket lives up to its name by offering over 100,000 items ranging from household items, daily essentials, fresh produce, and general merchandise, at affordable price.
Currently, there are 17 Cold Storage supermarkets in Malaysia. The brand was founded in Singapore in 1903. In Malaysia, Cold Storage is attached under GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd. This supermarket offers a large selection of imported goods – close to 40 categories from different overseas brands. For example, one can find spices and sauces from brands such as Waitrose and Epicure from the UK, Tasmanian Gourmet from Australia and Ina Paarman from South Africa.
The name SAM’s Groceria stands for Saya Anak Malaysia. The first physical SAM’s Groceria outlet opened its doors in Penang, followed by Encorp Strand Mall in Kota Damansara and Nu Sentral in KL. They offer over 18,000 products in its selection, as well as a wide range of imported groceries and fresh food from countries like Thailand, Japan, India, South Africa, Pakistan and more.
Jaya Grocer was founded back in 2007, and its first store opened at Jalan 33 in Petaling Jaya. One thing that sets Jaya Grocer apart from other hypermarkets is their “grocerant” experience called Fresco – where customer can choose their fresh meats and hand it over to the chefs to prepare for them a meal, to enjoy at the supermarket itself.
Operating for over a decade, Village Grocer first started as a small family-run sundry shop in the 1950s. The brand now has 7 exclusive outlets in the Klang Valley. The supermarket carries imported goods which is convenient for expats who are looking for familiar brands and products to purchase. They also offer a wide range of gluten-free and organic food.
Founded in 2012, Jasons Food Hall is located at Bangsar Shopping Centre. Jasons is a premium delicatessen and supermarket. Customers will be able to find many gourmet groceries, fine wines and top-brand health beauty products which are imported from Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Spain and New Zealand.
Located at Publika, Ben’s Independent Grocer (BIG) is a grocery store under the BIG group. The BIG group also has a number of F&B outlets under their brand, such as Plan B and Ben’s. People drive across the city to shop at BIG because it offers a wide range of imported European groceries. While shopping for these high quality international goods, customers can enjoy some delightful oysters at the Shucked Bar and porky goodness at the S.Wine Cafe.
Founded by Daniel Ruppert and Azrin Zuhdi, a husband and wife team, Presto Grocer first appeared in the scene in 2006, in Damansara Perdana. To-date, there are four physical Presto supermarket outlets in the Klang Valley; Avenue K, Citta Mall, TTDI and Damansara Perdana. Presto also operates an online store at www.presto.my, with a home and office delivery service. Presto offers over 14,000 products, with a wide range of fresh produce, meat, seafood, wine and baked items.