PETALING JAYA: Popular textile retailer Jakel Group is estimated to have suffered a loss of almost RM100 million after a fire destroyed its mall in Shah Alam this morning.
However, the amount only takes into account the damage to the property, with other losses, including to the inventory, yet to be determined, according to Jakel Group managing director Faroz Jakel.
Bernama quoted him as saying that the yearly sales turnover from the Jakel Shah Alam branch was about RM300 million.
“This is a big loss for the company. The fire is believed to have started from the men’s clothing section on the first floor. However, the exact cause is still unknown,” he said.
He added that the property comprises a total of 19 shophouses and five 5-storey shophouses.
He advised Jakel customers to visit its branch at Jakel Mall Kuala Lumpur, Bangi and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras, in the meantime.
Faroz said the company will try to find a temporary location around Shah Alam soon to continue its business before the arrival of Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year.
Earlier today Selangor fire and rescue department chief Norazam Khamis said an emergency call came in at 7.08am about the incident, with fire and rescue personnel arriving at the scene at 7.19am.
The building’s interior was destroyed by fire.
In a 31-second video posted on Twitter, at least two fire engines were seen outside the three-storey building which was engulfed in flames.