The Differences Between Retail Spaces & Commercial Spaces

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Maybe you have flexible working arrangements and you’re looking for a place where you can work more efficiently. Maybe you’re a business owner and may be wondering about the type of property that would suit your requirements. You should take note of two main categories; retail spaces and commercial spaces.

What’s the difference anyway? After all, they both seem to be so similar in terms of function and purpose, right?

Well, they aren’t exactly the same even if they may seem pretty identical.

Here are a few of the key differences between retail and commercial properties and what you should know if you’re looking to choose the best one for your needs.


Some Key Characteristics of Retail Spaces

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The biggest draw that retail spaces have are their large amounts of foot traffic (the number of people that pass by the space). Often, they will be located near “anchor stores” like grocery stores and other shops/amenities that can help increase foot traffic frequency.

With that being said, retail spaces generally cost more per square foot than commercial spaces and negotiating a retail contract to find the exact space you want can be pretty tricky. For instance, the store that is closest to the anchor gets the most foot traffic which means that it’s harder to secure that unit.


Some Key Characteristics of Commercial Spaces

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Commercial spaces tend to be best suited for businesses or self-employed individuals who require room for cubicles, reception areas, office sections and conference rooms. Foot traffic probably isn’t a priority when it comes to commercial units so the structure and layout of such a place does not cater to foot traffic frequency.

Instead, commercial spots are often centrally located to accommodate employees or workers who commute. Rencana Royale is one of the newer properties in TTDI that has been built with these key factors in mind.

Traditional commercial spaces are less expensive per square foot than retail spaces because there tends to be less risk involved.


How do you choose?

Now that you’ve got the gist of what both spaces are like, the question you should be asking yourself is; “What kind of business do I aim to run?”

Are you relying heavily on foot traffic and store walk-ins for sales and revenue? Does your income depend on a shop/retail outlet? If this is the case, then retail spaces may be more suitable for you.

However, if what you’re looking for are proper utilities and facilities to accommodate an office-based setup and you don’t rely much on a shop or customer walk-ins, commercial spaces may be for you.


Rencana Royale – a hybrid commercial living experience

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Hybrid spaces can be considered among the best choices out there for those who want to work well.

If you are interested in finding a spot that caters to the way you work, a hybrid space may be suitable for you. Hybrid properties like Rencana Royale located in TTDI can provide environments that are conducive for work.

Located in a spacious two-acre Malay Reserve, Rencana Royale TTDI offers an exclusive opportunity for busy urbanites to seamlessly manage the way they live and work, offering a vast array of suites that are large enough for businesses to run as well as a long list of facilities like meeting and conference rooms.

At the same time, hybrid commercial spaces like Rencana Royale TTDI also have greenery and eco-friendly features and can provide comfort and relaxation as well as spaces that foster good health.



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7 incredible food truck specialities in TTDI


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If you aren’t aware yet, TTDI has been home to loads of food trucks for quite some time now. Featuring delectable signature dishes, yummy beverages and super-tasty snacks, the food truck trend emerged a couple of years back, with experienced chefs (some of them from gourmet kitchens) deciding to kickstart their own food businesses. The result? Meals on wheels!


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KL has quite a number of areas designated for food trucks. As they move around and make full use of their mobility, the same food trucks often pop up in regular spots and TTDI is one of them. Here are some of the food truck specialities you can discover in TTDI.

Most of what’s included in this list can be found at Food Truck Haven; sedap_ttdi (

The opening hours for sedap_ttdi are as follows:

6.30pm – 12am (Mon – Thurs)

6.30pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)

8.00am 11.30am (Sunday Breakfast)


Badboyz Truck

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This edgy little grilled meat movement specialises in the creation of awesome western delights; namely, tantalising burgers! Serving gigantic patties wrapped in melted cheese and plenty of condiments, this food truck’s menu includes wicked sounding burger selections like The Reaper, now how’s that for edgy?

They also cater to ground events, both indoors and outdoors. Badboyz typically shows up in TTDI (sedap_ttdi) and other prominent parts of KL via their suave-looking truck, but they also sometimes appear in booths and stalls.



Cowboys Food Truck

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While we’re on the topic of the Good, the Bad and the Tasty, giddyup to the Cowboys Food Truck for a tasty assortment! Serving a variety of meaty delights, they often make their rotations throughout TTDI, SS15 and Damansara Uptown. Their selections contribute to the incredible diversity of TTDI food so if you’re in the area and craving some true-blue Western tastes, try their basic po-boy sandwich, served with thick slices of slow-smoked beef briskets, slaw and chipotle mayo in home-made loaves that are crusty to the touch.



Nasi Lemak Kg Pandan


Western-style dishes are good and all but sometimes, you might just feel like going back to the local signatures. Well, the Nasi Lemak Kg Pandan food truck is here to serve! You can find this green van cruising through TTDI with tasty nasi lemak variations. Their signature addition is the use of pandan leaves, placed underneath the hot nasi lemak rice in strips (this can bring some extra flavour to your meal). You can also choose to add additional condiments and even some fried chicken (among other things) to your plate.



Aussie Country Roast


True food lovers with an interest in international cuisine may probably know that Australian food could be considered one of the best in the region (depending on the dish). The Aussie Country Roast food truck brings some of the tastiest authentic Australian signatures to TTDI, including mouth-watering roasted chicken (served with yummy pumpkin pieces, peas, carrots and potatoes) and scrumptious gravy rolls.

Their truck is the one with blue and red streaks, look out for it!



Quack Teow


Are you up for some good old-fashioned authentic char keow teow? It seems that many regulars claim the Quack Teow food truck has the best wok charcoal cooked keow teow in town. The fare here can be found typically smeared with duck eggs. Get ready to potentially change all you knew about char keow teow.


Gimme Sheltr

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Craving some quality beverages? With a banner tagline that reads: “Original Tea from Thailand”, Gimme Sheltr has a pretty straightforward selling point. The menu is not very extensive but it doesn’t have to be considering that most of what they serve is purportedly absolutely delicious. Try the Thai Coffee if you’re a coffee person or the Thai Milk Tea if you’re a tea lover and looking forward to a refreshingly creamy dose of relaxation.




Gringos Malaysia

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Possibly considered one of the most renowned food truck options in TTDI, Gringos Malaysia brings amazing Mexican delicacies to the table. This black truck dons a striking red and yellow logo on its side and can be found frequenting the TTDI area. Try the signature beef burrito, with vegetables like mushrooms and greens and a mix of beef bits packed tightly in a crispy roll.

There are various other options on the menu, ranging from tacos and Lamb Nachos to Southwest Egg Rolls.




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Craving meat? Check out these 5 halal burger joints in TTDI

Hankering for a huge, juicy burger that’s just bursting with flavour?

Even if you’ve been meaning to stick to your vege diet throughout the week, those meat cravings can still come, which is why you should consider living in TTDI!

Burgers may be a Western invention but many Malaysians have taken to this food big time!

In fact, it seems they like their burgers so much that a vast array of burger selections can be found throughout the nation. It’s been going on for some time now and it’s probably very unlikely that we’re ever going to see the disappearance of the big burger from our little Southeast Asian nation.

Here are 5 halal burger joints in TTDI that you should check out.


KGB TTDI (Killer Gourmet Burgers)

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Featuring a classic interior with a grungy edge, rugged brick walls and smooth wood surfaces help set the tone at KGB (Killer Gourmet Burgers). It’s like the tough guy of all burger parlours and has garnered a reputation for having some of the tastiest choices for food in TTDI. The branch offers more than 20 burgers on its menu, from crust-seared and grilled beef patties to cheesy delicacies and classic numbers. A beef burger here costs between RM13.90 to RM22.90 approximately and each selection is built with delectable Aussie stead-grade, grass-fed, halal beef so set your expectations high for this joint.

Opening Hours: Friday    12–10:30pm

Saturday    12–10:30pm

Sunday    12–10:30pm

Monday    12–3pm, 6–10:30pm

Tuesday    12–3pm, 6–10:30pm

Wednesday    12–3pm, 6–10:30pm

Thursday    12–3pm, 6–10:30pm


Address: 107, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail




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Whoever said burgers have to be sloppy and unhealthy? Harley’s at TTDI can be found going all out to change that perception with an American-inspired In-N-Out interior theme and a selection of freshly made burgers without all the nasty preservatives. Serving 100% Australian beef patties, this home-grown Malaysian brand ensures their food is never frozen or precooked, in order to retain its authentically fresh taste. The main menu is pretty direct, offering 3 types of hamburgers, one chicken burger and two types of fried chicken. You can add an ice lemon or ginger tea along with a healthy side of potato salad, coleslaw or classic fries.

Opening Hours: Friday    11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm

Saturday    6–10pm

Sunday    6–10pm

Monday    11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm

Tuesday    11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm

Wednesday    11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm

Thursday    11:30am–3pm, 6–10pm


Address: LGB Tower, Lower Ground Floor, 1, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail



TTDI Meat Point

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Look forward to a cosy atmosphere with dim lights. This spot is a reputable steakhouse which you may find frequented by hungry regulars on the daily. The burger is essentially a slab of steak between two buns and the ordering style here is rather unique. You get to choose your meat (including wagyu and Angus beef) from a large freezer.

Opening Hours: Friday    6–11pm

Saturday    12–11pm

Sunday    12–11pm

Monday    12–10:30pm

Tuesday    12–10:30pm

Wednesday    12–10:30pm

Thursday    12–10:30pm

Address: 62, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail



Sixty Bites Burger

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This little stall located just along Persiaran Zaaba, in front of BHPetrol, is currently one of the most legendary burger joints in the whole of TTDI. The owner (John Fugu) is a veteran chef and his professional approach to the art of burger building has earned this quaint spot quite the reputation. There are several burgers to choose from, namely beef, chicken and lamb, while some items are subject to availability. Sixty Bites’ beef patties are homemade with 100% ribeye meat so expect an incredible juicy flavour that’s naturally rich in taste.

Opening Hours: Friday    8pm–12am

Saturday    8pm–12am

Sunday    Closed

Monday    8pm–12am

Tuesday    8pm–12am

Wednesday    8pm–12am

Thursday    8pm–12am

Address: Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail




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Say hello to one of TTDI’s newest burger spots, with an ambience that’s part quirky, part retro. The wagyu beef is intentionally served medium-rare and highlights on the menu include spiced-up fried chicken burgers with jalapenos and sriracha aioli (going for RM14.90) as well as wagyu beef burgers (served with foie gras and truffle aioli (going for about RM48).


Opening Hours:  Friday    11am–10pm

Saturday    11am–10pm

Sunday    11am–10pm

Monday    11am–10pm

Tuesday    11am–10pm

Wednesday    11am–10pm

Thursday    11am–10pm

Address: 50, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail




As you can see, nestled among the TTDI cafes and other eateries, numerous hotspots can be found serving gourmet-style burgers that you can look forward to sinking your teeth into. Drop by a few (or all) of the burger joints on this list and get ready to sample the many wonderfully different tastes of prominent burger selections that can be found in TTDI.







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Some Interesting Ways In Which Greenery Might Affect Your Mental & Physical Well-being

Human beings are a part of the giant ecosystem that and through the natural world, we have a connection to the Earth and its inhabitants.

This is probably why there seems to be an intuitive inclination in all of us to spend some time outdoors, either by taking a walk in a backyard garden or sitting in a park for a breath of fresh air.

Many of us may feel rejuvenated by the presence of nature or through the simple addition of greenery to our workplaces. The reasons for this may surprise you.


Science indicates that quality is important

Apparently, numerous studies by scientists over the years show that nature is the ultimate stress reliever. When greenery is incorporated into living spaces, you might find that social interactions are increased, physical exercise is encouraged and even mental illness can be gradually soothed. These effects seem to not be limited to long forest hikes or strolls through beaches that are miles away and research indicates that just about any kind of green space (whether coastlines, soccer fields or local parks) can all increase feelings of happiness and tranquillity as well as boost mental health.

However, certain qualities should be met if you are to see any of these benefits from green spaces. Some of these qualities? That the green space is accessible, clean and safe (otherwise the mood of visitors may not be so positively influenced). For instance, parks should be easy to reach, have plenty of good, natural lighting and clean enough for families to enjoy.

Another study by a group of researchers in the Netherlands found that people who think their local green spaces are accessible and usable had reported feeling more satisfied with their neighbourhood, regardless of how much green space they had. This indicates a quality over quantity approach to the positive effects of greenery.


A growing appeal for green buildings

The preservation of nature along with the expectation of more sustainable living places appears to have given rise to the green building concept which is growing in Malaysia too, with various bodies in the nation recognising the benefits and importance of green developments as a step forward towards a more eco-friendly future.

Developments like Rencana Royale TTDI are qualified for the GREENre building status, an initiative set up by REDHA in 2013 to promote sustainability in the property industry. Green rating tools such as this are spearheading a new level of sustainability and performance in developments in Malaysia.

They encourage an increase in green developments. These properties can be found designed to reduce pollution and the degradation of the environment as well as prioritise the protection of occupants’ health.

Rencana Royale’s design is in accordance with the Malaysian Government’s efforts to build sustainable developments and cleaner environments, by presenting a 13-storey commercial development in the heart of TTDI that includes corporate, garden, deluxe and executive suites for Malay owners.

Greenery is an integral part of the structure of Rencana Royale. Integrating state-of-the-art facilities with lush elements of nature, it’s a development that caters to leisure as well as work. The incorporation of greenery here can instil a sense of calm and help maintain physical as well as mental wellbeing.


Consider adding a tinge of green to your humble abode. If you don’t know where to start, find a development that has effectively implemented the right qualities of green living, so that you and your family can reap the rewards as you live, work and play in comfort, style and an environment that prizes peace and tranquillity.






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Tips For Optimizing Your Commercial Space

Working online? Here are some tips for optimising your commercial space

The remote worker was once unique, different, the cowboys of labour and yet now, a surge in digital capabilities appears to have led to normalisation.

Productivity levels also seem to have been maintained with some instances displaying an increase in work productivity when employees get to manage their own schedules and enjoy flexibility at work.

There may be challenges, however. When dealing with working online/working remotely, environments may differ (such as with open office plans) and workers may deal with a lack of resources when working outside of the confines of a traditional workplace.

Fortunately, this modern era can also offer an assortment of options for those who desire to work online or who have flexible working schedules. If you’re looking to begin a remote working lifestyle but don’t know where to start (or would like to know how you may be able to further optimise your space for better work/productivity), here are a few tips that could help you.


Utilise modern facilities

Fortunately for you, many developers can be found seeking to accommodate remote workers by providing them with as much convenience as possible. Prioritising the needs of people from different walks of life (including busy remote workers) should be a part of how today’s developments are built.

In the past, people may not have understood (or even liked) the idea of shared working spaces/coworking space. You might find this gradually changing as a growing tendency towards a multi-layered experience surfaces.

You might find that high-tech trends have contributed to the transition. Facilities like conference rooms, grand meeting rooms and event halls for various business-oriented activities can be found in many developments. Rencana Royale TTDI is one such development which features many essential elements and conveniences that enable online work. Be mindful of which developments you decide on because the space that you choose to work in/run your online business from can determine your ability to work remotely.


Reduce the distractions

As a remote worker, discipline is often up to you. Some of the biggest challenges you may face as a remote/online worker are the distractions that surround you. You could be jolted out of your ‘focus zone’ and drawn away from the task at hand.

Daily life may often be filled with so many other things beyond deadlines and urgent assignments and striking a balance can get complicated.

Buy a noise-cancelling headset with a mute button so you can continue with your video calls uninterrupted or establish a schedule to divide your work time from the rest of the day where other activities are done.

Look for spaces that are designed to prioritise privacy so you can focus on getting things done in specific sections which have been established to foster peace and quiet.


Incorporate brainstorming sessions

Video calls, message groups and business meeting apps can all be great tools for remote workers to virtually communicate with their teams, however, physical meetups may still add value to the productivity equation.

Sometimes, getting together with your team to whiteboard an idea or engage in brainstorming sessions while everyone is physically present, can be a way to really get the ball rolling. Call for a meeting once a month or gather around in a cafe nearby if need be. If there’s one in your compound, you can invite the rest of your team there.

Many developments have facilities that can accommodate quick meetings in conducive environments, particularly if they include things like meeting rooms and event halls for small (or large) get-togethers. Watch areas like TTDI for properties which are fostering the ability to optimise your remote working experience and get the best out of your blended/innovative lifestyle.


Don’t underestimate spaciousness

Limited space may slowly become a nuisance that you have to deal with and this can be especially true if you work in a compact space, have many coworkers or if you require multiple types of equipment to fulfil your corporate duties. The solution can be simple. Refer to interior design websites to get an understanding of how best to set up a space and optimise it for remote working.



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