A local fashion brand is crying foul after its Suria KLCC branch was told to relocate to another location in the mall or be evicted by the management.
BritishIndia, a tenant of the mall since 1998, was given four days to unconditionally accept Suria KLCCâ€™s offer to relocate.
The letter was served in July 2014 despite the company being a competitive paying tenant and the management receiving the rental for the same month, according to BritishIndia founder Pat Liew.
“After receiving our rental and the monies clearing into their account, they issued BritishIndia the vacate-within-four-days letter.
â€œTheir actions towards tenants such as BritishIndia calls to question their motive,â€ said Liew in a statement on Wednesday.
Liew said that BritishIndia was seeking an injunction to prevent the management of Suria KLCC from carrying out its threat. The injunction hearing is scheduled for Feb 24.
â€œWe found out that our current premises is intended to be leased to a foreign fashion brand that already has an existing location in Suria KLCC.
â€œWe are left with no choice but to resort to legal action to protect our rights and be treated fairly,â€ she said.
BritishIndia has more than 40 stores in leading malls in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
Liew said the brand used its store frontage in Suria KLCC to promote Malaysia and prove that a Malaysian brand can be on par with international global brands.
â€œIf BritishIndia is forced to leave, it will mark the end of a successful Malaysian fashion brand having a presence in the countryâ€™s iconic shopping mall,â€ she said.
As at time of writing Suria KLCC couldn’t be reached for comment.-The Star