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Popular fast food chains like McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King have dominated the hearts of Malaysians over the years and we have somehow forgotten about the legacy of A&W.
So, when news about plans to shut down the iconic A&W outlet along Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya first broke out in 2014, everybody freaked out.
The weeks that followed saw crowds after crowds of people queuing outside the building just to get their hands on the legendary Root Beer Float and Coney Dog because we all thought that A&W was going to be gone forever in Malaysia.
And here we are, nearly four years later, the building is still there.
In fact, some of us have seen more A&W outlets popping up in some random neighbourhoods and malls throughout the country.
So are they closing down or not?
Well, yes and no.
The reason for closing down the Petaling Jaya building was to make way for development in the area, and that is officially happening very soon.
After years of wondering what will be the building’s fate, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) told The Star
that the 0.4ha land owned by KUB Malaysia Bhd has been approved for development, which means that they will be tearing down the building on one of these days.
The new development will reportedly consist of a 20-storey office tower and four-storey parking lot.
Although A&W will still stick around for a while (thank goodness), it will never be the same.