And the first FamilyMart has opened its doors in KL at 11am on November 11, painting a corner of Wisma Lim Foo Yong its signature green, white and blue. Upon entry, the first thing you’ll see is a bakery section (castella cake!) and an eat-in area (perfect to people watch or eat your reheated bento in peace) complete with tables, counter seats and recycling bins.
A bit further into the store is the refrigerated goods section. These refrigerators are filled with puddings, yoghurt, melon milk and more. Right next to it is the large bento display (though it’s not as impressive as the ones we’ve seen in Japan) and an extensive selection of sandwiches (chicken katsu, crabstick mayo), salads (you can also buy sachets of Kewpie dressing) and onigiri.
By the cash tills, a snack bar awaits. Definitely giving our local convenience stores a run for their money, FamilyMart has displays of fried items (karaage chicken, cheese sausages, katsu chicken), steamers filled paus and dim sum, and pots of oden sitting side by side on the counter. Oden toppings include daikon, tamago, fishcake, corn and more, and customers can pick either a dashi broth or a tom yum soup base. For dessert, everyone’s favourite Tokyo-based convenience store doesn’t disappoint. The snack bar also offers French vanilla and matcha soft serve (which was already sold out during our visit).
It’s a very well-stocked store. Aside from ready-to-eat food, you can also find Japanese cup noodles, ready-made udon, FamilyMart branded chips and green tea, and more.
Other than food, there’s also a beauty section with Korean face masks and a toy section for the kids (they even stock the childhood fishing game at only RM5.90). More things to do at FamilyMart: pay your bills, send your parcels, utilise the free WiFi.
According to the staff, the second FamilyMart will open very, very soon. In the meantime, join the queues for some RM2.90 matcha soft serves.
Visit FamilyMart Malaysia at Wisma Lim Foo Yong, 86 Jalan Raja Chulan, KL.