A shopping mall in Patong Beach
Central Patong is the latest mall to enter the fierce shopping race of Phuket island, and probably not the last. This new brightly lit mall opened in Patong Beach, soon after the Floresta branch was added to the already established Central Festival in Phuket Town, further expanding this brand’s coverage on the island.
Central Patong stands just across the street from the immensely popular Jungceylon in Patong Beach, but the target market seems different. While Jungceylon is an “all in one” entertainment, eating and shopping destination, Central has only focused on shopping and food.
If you are familiar with Central department stores, you will find the layout very familiar and similar to several of their Bangkok Branches. On the Ground floor (1st floor), you will find cosmetics, sunglasses and accessories; on the second are the usual clothing brands and on the upper floor are the luggage and toys.
As we know, Phuket, particularly Patong visitors love night markets and bargain shopping and often complain that brands are as expensive in Phuket as they are in their own countries, so this upmarket shopping looks rather challenging. A few weeks after the opening, the mall was rather quiet.
Food and Food Court
The underground floor is more lively and is divided into two sections: the Central Food Hall supermarket and the dining area. Central Food Hall is quite a good supermarket selling high-end fresh products, and we use them frequently in Phuket town or Bangkok. The dining area has a nicely designed food court surrounded by independent restaurants. This floor was not busy, but it might just be a question of time.
The location of this new mall is strategic, but attracting Patong tourists away for the now-famous Jungceylon seems to be very challenging, especially without entertainment as the main bait. Time will tell.
Central Patong Info
Location: Patong Beach
Address: 198/9 Soi Rat U-Thit Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Open: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Phone: 076 600 499
Central Patong Map
Get directions from where you are: https://goo.gl/maps/wRmaNuzvV9iLfWpW7
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