NagaCity Walk holds soft opening

Phnom Penh’s NagaCity Walk held its soft opening on Wednesday, with duty-free goods ranging from tobacco, perfumes, designer watches to cognac.

According to the Phenom Post, the retail area was only 50 percent complete when the mall opened, with construction continuing on the other half. Employees were seen putting the final touches on displays and stocking shelves.

China Duty Free Group (CDFG), which already operates stores in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville has leased nearly all 4,000 square meters of the mall space from NagaWorld.

John Zhao, CDFG general manager for Cambodia, said the luxury goods on display catered to both Chinese and international tourists visiting Phnom Penh, while connecting to the neighboring NagaWorld complex.

“The mall will attract international shoppers both from NagaWorld and the other five-star hotels in Phnom Penh, and not just Chinese tourists,” he said. “And it is located in the city’s central business district, which has huge growth potential.

“This is the right time for us to open,” he added.

Zhao says work on the mall should be completed by the end of the year with a grand opening to be held in early 2017.

The NagaCity Walk is one part of a broader expansion to NagaWorld. The $369 million Naga 2 development is also slated for 2017.