SStwo Mall, Petaling Jaya
SStwo Mall (also known as SS2 Mall) is Petaling Jaya's latest shopping mall. It is located in the vicinity of residential areas of SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17, as well as commercial areas like Section 13 and Section 19. With an estimated population of over 400,000 residents, office workers, students at the nearby colleges and universities, SStwo Mall will definitely be a crowd puller.
SStwo Mall introduces their mall as a hybrid concept combining "a retail mall with an outdoor alfresco dining area", which seems to be the trend recently. Thus, they get to offer shoppers a variety of choices that they can do under one roof from grocery shopping to having meals to entertainment, etc. The mall has 2 al-fresco dining areas, with The Balcony on the 5th floor with a view of surrounding area and the other being Haven@2, an open-air courtyard dining which is targeted at those looking for entertainment and social interaction.
Other highlights are their Weekend Bazaar which is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. SStwo Mall is accessible via SS2/72 at the mall's front and Jalan Harapan at the back, and is linked to major highways like Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong and Federal Highway.
With all the bridal houses mushrooming in SS2 in recent years, SStwo Mall brings a refreshing change to the SS2's skyline. But a main concern is whether Petaling Jaya really needs another shopping mall? Well, time will tell. At the same time, the location of SStwo Mall too has a downside, where peak hour traffic jams is as notorious as they come especially around the Rothmans roundabout.
One interesting feature about this mall is that it is located in the midst of one of the densely populated residential and business part of Petaling Jaya. Hence, in terms of human traffic, the mall gets both the weekdays office crowd out for lunch or for business entertainment or a quick grocery shopping and also the weekends family outings and bargain hunters.