Update: Atria has been renovated. Please view the new version of Atria here.
Below are older versions of how Atria shopping complex used to be.
Atria Shopping Complex is located in Damansara Jaya. Usually during office hours, the area is a buzz with activities. Many vehicle double park in the area as folks usually visit banks and offices nearby to perform transaction. But during weekend, the area is more quiet- and it’s not difficult to find parking around shophouses surrounding Atria.
Atria had started off as Kimisawa- a Japanese based supermarket. When Kimisawa was first opened, there were massive jam and people during weekends- as there were not many shopping complexes in Petaling Jaya way back in the 80s. Even though the items sold were not cheap, but the novelty of having a Japanese based supermarket made many families visit and buy things from there.
I remembered once when I was very young….going to Kimisawa with my grandaunt, my parents and my baby brother. The place was so crowded and there were people everywhere. Long queues at the counters just to pay. When we got some food, we could not find a place to sit….pity my grandaunt, 90 years old then having to stand and wait for a seat. We later found a place to sit and my parents had my grandaunt watching over us while they tried to go into the supermarket to get something.
Later Kimisawa closed down and I remember KFC and Esquire kitchen occupied what was once the entrance of Atria. KFC was the well known landmark for gathering place for many people then.
Then as more larger shopping malls like One Utama, Sunway Pyramid and Megamall were being build, slowly it is less busy. Kimisawa had been taken over by Atria eventually.
Here is the mall during weekend. Folks around the Klang Valley or from nearby neighborhood do come here for a meal or just walking around. Sometimes, we want to escape the larger but extremely crowded shopping malls. At least here is easy to find parking- but still, I myself may probably visit this mall only few times a year.
On weekends, there is a small flea market selling things. But usual days there are stores around selling knick nacks. And usually people also visit the Giant there- the store’s quite large and the items are priced similar to other larger but more crowded Giant outlets.