Kandal market is the focus of a US$12 million redevelopment that has been approved in principle in a joint venture between a South Korean company and local firm PPMD
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- Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:15:26 -0700 (PDT)
Govt OKs $12m project to redo Kandal Market
Monday, 20 July 2009 14:01 Kay Kimsong
Vendors to be relocated for three years during first phase
of construction, says joint-venture developer PPMD & Rootiz
KANDAL market is the focus of a US$12 million redevelopment that has
been approved in principle in a joint venture between a South Korean
company and local firm PPMD, the project's director said Sunday.
Chan Sophal of the joint venture PPMD & Rootiz told the Post that the
project has been approved by Prime Minister Hun Sen and Deputy Prime
Minister Sar Kheng on condition that the firm and the vendors reach
"We already have some capital for the investment, and we are
negotiating with the market vendors," Chan Sophal said. "This is a key
stage, and once agreement is reached, we can get the project under
Kandal Market has two sections: a wooden market, which is the focus of
the development, and a single-storey concrete structure to which this
project does not apply at this stage.
Chan Sophal said 90 percent of the vendors in the wooden market are
keen on the project, and the firm is working to get the remaining 10
percent on board. He said the new eight-storey building would retain
the public market on the ground floor, and vendors would keep the
position and space that they now hold.
"We are not going to build it in the style of a modern shopping centre
such as Paragon or the Sorya centre," he said.
PPMD & Rootiz would improve the market design, he said, and would
build offices and apartments on the upper floors. Chan Sophal said the
firm hopes to earn a return within five years from office and flat
It will take three years to construct the first three storeys, with
the remaining five floors completed in the second phase, he said.
"We don't want to keep vendors out of business for too long," he said,
adding that the company would find an alternative place for vendors
during phase one of construction.
The chief of Kandal Market's committee, Sun Dany, said he was not
involved in the deal between the company and the vendors.
"As long as the vendors and the company can reach an agreement, the
investment will go ahead," he said. He added that a number of Kandal
Market's 874 vendors and 495 mobile-stand sellers are not keen on the
The company said it has also approached vendors in the concrete
section of the market, but most of those are not interested in
redevelopment. Several of these vendors said the purported benefits
were unclear, and before signing up, they want a clear message from
the government assuring them their businesses will be protected.
"We plan to voice our concerns to Samdech Hun Sen so that he is aware
of these challenges," a footwear vendor said Saturday on condition of
South Korean company Rootiz & Geeco set up PPMD & Rootiz earlier this
year. PPMD holds 30 percent of the company, with the rest owned by
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