The iconic A&W drive-through restaurant in Petaling Jaya will officially shut down this year, six years after discussions of its closure began in 2014
Its closure will put an end to its 55 years as a historical PJ landmark
A&W Malaysia Sdn Bhd's Chief Executive Officer, George Ang, said that the decision to close the outlet is because the land is owned by Kasmuncak Holdings Sdn Bhd
A&W's former owner, KUB Malaysia Berhad, sold the land to Kasmuncak Holdings for RM34 million in July 2018.
"Since the deal was made before Inter Mark Resources bought over A&W, we are currently leasing the land from them, until they are ready to take over for their own development project," said Ang.
Despite the closure, Ang said PJ still has a number of A&W outlets and there are plans to expand the fast food chain
Ang said a new PJ outlet will be opened in Section 17 within a few months.
"The capital expenditure of RM22 million this year will go a long way in opening up at least 20 more outlets this year, some of which are in PJ," he said, "So on the whole we remain an optimistic outlook."
Bernama reported that A&W Malaysia targets to open about 124 outlets nationwide by 2024.
Back in December 2014, news about this iconic outlet's impending closure sent customers into a frenzy, with many flocking to the outlet for one last meal
In the same year, it was confirmed that the land where the iconic restaurant sits will be used to build a 36-storey office tower: