Kata Beach Resort is the developer backing K Plaza, on the road behind Club Med at Kata beach, not far from the parent resort on the seafront.
The retail centre will have space for 117 shops and perhaps give the Kata-Karon region its first real shopping heart. So far, the region has had no shopping mall, just the existing strip rows of stores and bars.
The development will take out three rai, leaving 10 rai for a possible condo development or a small resort project.
More construction is going on down the road in front of the Ibis Kata Resort, and not far away there's another unusual building project on a hillside that will require an exceptionally steep climb.
K Plaza is scheduled to open in October, along with the Centara Grand Plaza at the northern end of Karon beach.