Savvy cooler

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BBQ King is a unique spe­cial­ity store spe­cial­is­ing in bar­be­cues and all other out­door en­ter­tain­ment and life­style prod­ucts. A one- stop cen­tre fea­tur­ing all global brands in this cat­e­gory, it has been op­er­at­ing for the past 11 years with six stand- alone stores and six shop- in­shop at se­lected kitchen shops.

For bar­be­cues, BBQ King car­ries only im­ported global brands which are cer­ti­fied and tested like Bar­be­cook, Out­back, So­ma­sia, Rin­nai, Napoleon and CADAC. For other out­door prod­ucts like ta­bles and chairs, it car­ries the best from the US, the Life­time Brands, which is also the mar­ket and brand leader for Gar­den Sheds and Play Sets. Re­cently, BBQ King was ap­pointed to han­dle and dis­trib­ute Igloo, the world No. 1 cooler boxes from the US. BBQ King is the main im­porter of Igloo prod­ucts into Malaysia and car­ries the largest ar­ray of the 500 dif­fer­ent prod­ucts now of­fered to the mar­ket. It is the mar­ket leader in this cat­e­gory. Igloo will be made avail­able in all BBQ King stores and se­lected kitchen shops.

Igloo be­gan in 1947 as a small met­al­work­ing shop with two em­ploy­ees. The com­pany pro­duced metal wa­ter cool­ers de­signed to re­place wooden drink­ing buck­ets used by con­struc­tion work­ers, oil­field work­ers and long­shore­men on the docks. Evolv­ing to in­su­lated, all- plas­tic wa­ter cool­ers in 1965, th­ese wa­ter cool­ers soon be­came the cooler of choice on the job site.

Through a se­ries of joint ven­tures, merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, the brand and com­pany grew, and the first rec­tan­gu­lar ice chest – a 22- quart metal unit with plas­tic liner – was pro­duced in 1960. By 1962, the com­pany had grown to 73 em­ploy­ees and in that year of­fered the first all- plas­tic ice chest.

In 1963, Osh­man’s Sport­ing Goods in Hous­ton be­came the first re­tailer to of­fer the plas­tic cooler to con­sumers – a re­sound­ing suc­cess – and the rest is his­tory. The Gi­ant Sea Chest, a 155- quart plas­tic cooler, made its de­but in 1967 and quickly be­came a best­seller with Gulf Coast fish­er­man.

Con­tin­u­ing to lead in in­no­va­tion, Igloo in­tro­duced the iconic “tent­top” Play­mate per­sonal- size cooler in 1971. Igloo launched the first wheeled cooler, the Cool Roller, in 1994, the patented “cube- shaped” cooler de­sign, the Ice Cube, in 2003 and fur­ni­ture- grade wood pa­tio cool­ers in 2006. In March 2014, ACON, a Wash­ing­ton, DC- based pri­vate equity firm bought Igloo.

Igloo cool­ers are sold by more than 250 re­tail­ers around the world. To­day, it re­mains the No. 1 cooler man­u­fac­turer world­wide.

For de­tails, visit or call its shops at BBQ King Bangsar Vil­lage ( 032287 0399), BBQ King Citta Mall ( 03- 7629 5599), BBQ King Gur­ney Plaza ( 04- 229 3119), BBQ King Alamesra ( 088- 448 160, Kitchen Shop Trop­i­cana City Mall ( 03- 7728 8971, Kitchen Shop Shah Alam ( 035519 1399), Kitchen Shop BSC ( 032288 1339), Kitchen Shop Em­pire Gallery ( 03- 5022 2099), Kitchen Shop Great East­ern Mall ( 03- 4266 1338), Kitchen Shop Ga­muda Walk ( 03- 5525 8830), Kitchen Shop Dpulze Cy­ber­jaya ( 03- 8325 1318), Kitchen Shop Suria Sabah ( 088- 488 389).

Mag­ic­seal Magnetic In­sect screen is an in- house orig­i­nal de­sign made from flex­i­ble mesh of var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als.

re­cently BBQ King was ap­pointed to han­dle and dis­trib­ute Igloo, the world no. 1 cooler boxes from the Us.

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