The Solaris Tuaran Market Place project along the Tuaran-Kota Belud route was relaunched on Saturday, 29 July to cash in on the State's booming tourism industry.
Its developer Subansa Sdn Bhd Managing Director Assalam Datuk Sulaiman Omar said the project comprises 106 units of two-storey commercial shop lots just outside Tuaran town.
He took up the opportunity to develop the project when the previous developer decided to opt out. Assalam said he foresees huge potential and high prospects that will not only benefit investors but also the local economy.
"Our goal is to create a commercial development which will be completed in two years with a blend of tourism elements that are destined to be the next big thing for Sabah's booming tourism industry, one of the largest contributors to the State's revenue.
"The aggressive commitment by the State Government for the tourism sector makes our project more appealing as Solaris Tuaran Market Place would be the first and only commercial development in the market that includes the tour bus pit stop to cater the tour operators.
"It aims to give fellow travellers and customers a brand new unforgettable experience by injecting functionality of western style rest stop into traditional shop offices. Of course, blending all this with our local cultures," he said at the relaunch by the Head of State's consort, Toh Puan Norlidah Binti Tan Sri R.M. Jasni.
Also present were State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor cum Sulaman Assemblyman, Tuaran District Assistant Officer Abdullah Sani Daud, Tuaran Council Executive Officer Sadan bin Hussain and other officials.
Assalam said some tour operators, namely Mantanani Paradise, Sentai Tours and Travel and Classic Holidays, have agreed to bring in tourists to Solaris on a regular basis as there will be a market place for them to enjoy and buy a variety of local products. A visitor information centre for the convenience of all visitors.
"A farmer's market will also be incorporated into the development to create opportunities for local farmers in the district. We plan it to be operational daily to encourage the promotion of our local farmer products for both local and foreign consumers.
"We are also in the midst of talks with some retail brands to bring factory outlets stores to Solaris as well as bringing in local food and beverage players which have shown a keen interest in setting up their outlets in the development project," he said.
Assalam said they aim to turn the project into the people's choice when comes to shopping and leisure, especially to the people of Tuaran and the surrounding areas.