STARHILL Gallery, which will be officially opened on July 30 2005, promises to offer the level of service only seen in five-star hotels.
"To produce the best, we have to work with the best," YTL Corp Bhd's managing director Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh Sock Ping said.
In this context, Starhill has brought in brands like Jaeger LeCoultre. The latter opened its world's largest boutique, covering 20,000 sq ft at Starhill Gallery.
Yeoh was speaking to journalists at the soft launch of Feast Village and to announce the grand opening of Starhill Gallery at the end of the month.
Other firsts that will be seen at the Starhill Gallery include Jogoya from Taiwan, which is described as a buffet with a difference. The restaurant in Kuala Lumpur will be the first outside Taiwan and will be able to cater to 650 people.
Yet another first would be the The Photographer's Gallery - Malaysia's only such gallery.
Starhill Gallery, after an extensive rebranding and repositioning exercise, has done away with the traditional naming of floors.
Instead, each of its seven floors is named according to experiences ranging from feast, indulge, adorn, explore, pamper, relish and muse.
"Feast Village, Pamper and Muse floor (food, beauty and art) will all contribute to the unique status that Starhill Gallery will enjoy in KL and also in the future for our global plans for the brand," Yeoh said.
Starhill Gallery, previously known as CK Tang Departmental Store, adjoins two hotels - JW Marriot and the Ritz Carlton. All three entities belong to the YTL Group.
The shopping centre, which has been transformed into a luxurious shopping destination, has a net retail space of 250,000 sq ft.
A collaboration with NTV 7 will see a first in Malaysia with a shopping complex housing a "Studio on the City" concept. The convergence of the broadcast medium with its narrowcast medium, infoscreen and its website is expected to enable retailers to tell their stories of exquisite craftsmanship and passion better to the patrons of Starhill Gallery.