Lulu Cochin Mall
Lulu Cochin Mall will be the largest mall in Kerala and Cochin when they start. In India it is the 4th one. The first 2 are in Mumbai and the 3rd is in Delhi. The mall complex is for shopping with several other facilities. It is being built on an area of 22,00,000 s ft (about 2,00,000 S m) built-up space in 17 acres of land. The mall alone will occupy 16,98,000 s ft (approximately the size of 18 foot ball grounds) and the remaining area will be for a 5 Star hotel to be managed by the J W Marriott Hotels. The mall will open in 2011. The mall will house about 250 or more reputed outlets which will include Restaurants, food courts, and entrainment areas for the families. The complex will also house a7 screen multiplex (a place where seven cinemas will run simultaneously like 7 theaters). The project is estimated to cost around Rs 1500 crores. The mall will be set up and managed by the EMKE group a dominant business group spread over Asia, Africa and the Middle East besides India. The group is managed by M A Yusuf Ali, Managing Director and Ashraf Ali M.A, Executive Director both NRIs from Kerala based in U A E. The mall is being located in the Edappally Junction, a junction of 3 Highways (Kochi Bypass, N H17 and N H 47). The Lulu Mall will be a land mark in Cochin and Kerala. The group is already a well established business venture and is already operating about 75 stores spread over a number of locations in U A E, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen etc. With the success in all these places wherever they have opened the malls the Cochi Lulu Hypermarket cannot be an exception. It is bound to be a roaring success in Cochi also.
When the Lulu Hypermarket is opened it will offer to the buyers (shoppers) branded reasonably priced products under one roof with all reasonable facilities and make it a pleasure experience of shopping with the provision of meeting most of the reasonable needs of the customers within the complex.
Special features expected when complete
The Lulu Hyper Market will be on two floors (levels). There will be a huge 5 Star eating place (food court) having 18 multi cuisine kitchens with 3 restaurants with a colossal seating capacity of 3500 persons at a time. A seven screen multiplex cinema mall with computer game facilities, bowling alleys, ride s and other amusements. To avoid bottlenecks of purchasers going out there will be expansive checkout counters. A parking lot facility for parking about 300 vehicles will be provided. There will be bank counters and money exchange counters for the convenience of the shoppers and outlets. The mall will have a massive 16 pairs of escalators, elevators and travelators (slow moving sidewalks – horizontal escalators) will be provided for the shoppers' conveniences. There will be spacious corridors with large central atrium (large open space roofed by semitransparent sheets for protection from rain. There will be facilities available for the disabled.
Lulu Hypermarket shopping arrangements
The ground floor with about 2,20,000 s ft will be for selling frozen and fresh canned food items, fruits, vegetables, bakery, hot food and butchery counters.
The first floor with 1,30,000 s ft will be the Lulu department store for selling items like the garments, footwear, luggage wears, cosmetics and electronic goods etc. An international home furnishing store in an area of 5,00,000 s ft with another area of 12,00,000 s ft of leasable retail area will also be provided.
On the 2nd floor there will be a 5,500 s ft restaurant cum dining facility with a coffee shop in another 3,500 s ft. A food court to seat around 3,500 people with 17 kitchens to offer cuisines will also be provided. On the Terrace there will be three dining restaurants.
On the 3rd floor an amusement area will be provided for indoor games, computer games and bowling alley etc in an area of 30,000 s ft. On floor No. 4 there will be a multiplex with 8 screens managed by PVR in an area of about 71, s ft.
Adjacent to the Lulu complex a 5 Star hotel of 350 room will offer royal suite rooms, executive suites with international standard multi cuisine restaurant, swimming pool, coffee shop, spa and club facilities with a helipad.
The shoppers will have an unprecedented shopping experience with a good choice of shops offering high quality items at a reasonable price. The Lulu market as per the experience of the other place can easily be presumed to offer the requirements of all levels of customers and clients of all walks of life like the students, professionals, students, the NRIs and the foreigners. The standard of shopping wills that of international standard. The Lulu Market will offer national and international brands of products for the children, women and men from ready mades, perfumes, cosmetics , stationary, provisions, books, household furniture, furnishings, electronic goods git items, health products, confectionery, pharmacy products, sports wares shoes etc to adventure and camping equipments. With the shopping experience one can have fun, entertainment, food/snacks/coffee/tea, 8 screen multiplex and other amusements. With varieties of national and international cuisines dining will be a lingering experience with the dishes right from traditional Kerala native dishes to Chinese, continental and exotic. There are also 3 restaurants at the top floor for a choice of food or coffee. Then there is the facility to watch movie. In fact it can be a shopping cum picnic trip with ample scope of spending as much time as required without getting bored. There is the facility for banking and money exchange.
A Peep into the Lulu's Corporate
The Lulu group is operating since about 40years from the base of Abu Dhabi and by now it has become an International Group spread over many countries. The main activity is the Lulu Hyper markets and super markets and the giant shopping malls a one stop shopping centers with the amusements, game, food and entertainment. The managing team of the Lulu Group of enterprises is headed by M A Yusuf Ali, Managing Director and Ashraf Ali M.A, Executive Director both NRIs from Kerala based in U A E.
Selection of Kochi in Kerala
Kochi is a major center in the west coast after the Mumbai and is the gateway of Kerala through the flight or sea. It is the center of Kerala not merely geographically, but culturally and historically also. It is an ideal place for tourists with a naturally beautiful place. There are places to see like the Bolghatty Palace, Dutch Palace, St Angelo's Fort, Hill Palace museum, cherai beach and the man made Wellingdon Island inside the backwaters that has a port and Naval base. Those interested can have Kochi backwater boat drive. Kochi is having an International airport of International standard. It has 2 railway stations, bus connections from all parts of Kerala and major towns of neighboring states, famous Ayurvedic health centers, excellent recreational and entertainment facilities and high standard educational facilities. The City is poised to have the mega projects of Smart City and Dubai Internet City, International Container Terminal. What else is required to locate the Lulu Hyper market in this City?
Lulu Unveils Logo of New Mall
The logo of Lulu Shopping Mall was unveiled by the Chief Minister of Kerala Sri V S Achuthanandan on 3-4-2010 by handing over the logo to the Principal Secretary to the P M in the presence of UAE minister of foreign trade, Home and Tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the then leader of Opposition Mr Oommen Chandy presided over the function.