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Recently, I visited Holland Village and noticed that there is a huge redevelopment of the market behind the rows of shops. Wonder how the new market look like?

I am thinking that why not follow Convent Garden in some ways where you can see many mime performers. Many people throng Convent Garden for the sake of soaking themselves in the fiesta atmosphere.

Propose that the closed-off road between the old market and the rows of shops (like StarBuck, NYSN, 7-11, and all those cages) can be used as a breeding ground for creative performance since that place is very shady with a lot of huge trees there. At least, people eating at outdoor alfresco dining area could enjoy watching the mime performance and even the performers can pull off trick on unknown passer-by including ang-mo expatriates.


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How @$#@%$# UGLY......

I imagined something idyllic and typical Dutch. Like the Dutch colonial architecture as in Jakarta, or something like the Netherlands itself...

or here the Japanese copied Dutch architecture at Huis ten Bosch amusement park nagasaki; much better.....


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nooo its nothing like that. it's called holland village cos its along holland road. i dont know why its called holland road.

By Spirit
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Holland Village was never meant to be some Dutch-themed has always been a popular locale for hanging out, nightlife and expatriates though.

That tacky windmill is a fairly recent addition...and rather silly if you ask me!

Success and Happiness
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Found this information how "Holland Village" come about.


Holland Village was established between the late 1930s and 1945 as a military village, defined as a village in which at least a third of the businesses are dependent on military personnel.

In Holland Village, the early retail outlets were established for the sole purpose of servicing the retail, social and recreational needs of British soldiers and their families domiciled in and around Pasir Panjang Base. This military base, the largest in the 1940s, was located along a 'corridor' between Pasir Panjang and Holland Road.

In 1971, two major events took place:

1. withdrawal of the British Armed Forces from Singapore which saw the repatriation of thousands of soldiers between 1971 and 1976.

2. establishment of the Holland Road Shopping Centre.

(1) Page 144 - 146 Portraits Of Places - History, Community and Identity In Singapore Edited by Brenda S.A. YEOH and Lily KONG - Chapter 7 "The Éxpatriatisation Of Holland Village" by CHANG Tou Chuang, Senior Tutor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS) (ISBN 981 204 604 6)

By Spirit
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Recently walked by Holland Village.

The Circle Line construction is well underway!

Judging by the number of dining places and cafes...its must be very lively in the evening.


By Spirit
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Holland V-turn?

20 Apr 07

Businesses there face parking woes as well as ongoing road and MRT construction. FRANKIE CHEE finds out if customers have got used to these and returned in droves

If the time spent looking for a carpark lot is a good indication of the popularity of the area, then Holland Village is still a hot leisure magnet.
Take flight stewardess Veron Chua, 26, and marketing executive Geraldine Baey, 27, who spent 20 to 30 minutes finding parking on a Saturday night.

They are not alone in braving the disruptions posed by MRT construction works (since 2004) and parking restrictions (since 2002) to come here to patronise the estimated 30 entertainment and food outlets.

But that is not to say that the place has been immune to the pain of adjusting to the new situation.

The area has Holland Avenue cutting through it, with Lorong Mambong and Lorong Liput on one side and Jalan Merah Saga on the other.

Tenants in the area, whose reputation as a hang-out dates back to the mid-1990s, admit that takings took a 20 per cent dive when carpark lots were removed in 2002 and 2004.

In 2002, 32 lots in Lorong Mambong were removed by the Traffic Police for security reasons. They also closed the road from 6.30pm to 4am daily.

In 2004, the Land Transport Authority removed 116 lots to accommodate MRT construction works. The Holland Village Station is part of the Circle Line and will be linked to the Harbour Front Station on one end and Bishan Station on the other.

Today, the tenants, who pay rentals of around $8,000 to $12,000 for an average 1,700sq ft shop, feel that only 10 to 15 per cent of the lost business has returned.

'We lost 10 per cent of our customers but we were fortunate in managing to build up a new 10 per cent,' says Ms Carol Wah, marketing manager of bar and restaurant company Imaginings.

It owns Wala Wala, a popular cafe bar, and one of its strategies was to have a live band that plays more mainstream music.

Still, she says some of the old regulars have continued to stay away, unwilling to put up with the traffic and construction constraints.

But Mr Gary Neo, manager of Tango's restaurant and bar, notes that things have improved 'because the roads have been widened' as construction works progress.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority has added 157 parking lots since 2004 to ease the parking woes. Such help may have come too late for some businesses, like seafood restaurant Crustacean, which closed last year.

Still, the area's appeal and potential have been enduring enough to lure newbies like Eski Bar and Harry's Bar to set up shop in the last three years. Perhaps they have one eye on enjoying better prospects when MRT trains roll into the area in 2010.

Certainly, the businesses seem to have regained a surer footing as customers adapt to the situation.

A visit by Life! last Saturday bore this out. Lorong Mambong, especially, is where the thick of the action is, drawing dinner crowds from 6.30pm onwards, and the drinking ones till as late as 1am.

There are over 10 eateries along that street alone, offering everything from Lebanese and Mexican to Japanese and French cuisines, alongside pubs and humbler coffee shops and cafes.

'I think people keep coming to Holland Village because of its bohemian concept. There are expats, locals and a good mix of shops like coffee shops and fine-dining places,' says Ms Wah.

Mr Andrew Koh, general manager of Harry's Bar in Holland Village, thinks the area is equipped to be a mini-Orchard Road, listing experienced vendors, no touting, a friendly setting and reasonable pricing as factors.

On Saturday night, when Life! visited, older heartlanders in T-shirts, shorts and slippers were nursing their Tiger beer and Guinness Stout in a coffee shop in Lorong Liput, cheering their favourite soccer team on TV, while younger customers in soccer jerseys and jeans gulped Erdinger and Hoegaarden beers at a more upmarket joint less than 100m away, catching the same soccer action.

Business operators say that although many Singaporeans frequent the place, expatriates still form the majority of their customers - as has been the case since the 1930s when British soldiers lived in the vicinity.

Mr Neo has noticed more and more younger customers turning up to party there over the past few years, attributing this to the presence of nearby tertiary institutions like the National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic.

Weekdays are a little quieter, especially in the day. Wala Wala, for example, gets between 150 and 250 patrons on a weekday and between 300 and 400 each on Saturdays and Sundays.

While bugbears from parking and construction works remain, these have not caused rentals to drop.

Mr Danny Han, 48, a property agent who specialises in residential and business properties in the Holland area, says many tenants are paying around $11 per sq ft, and expects landlords to demand 20 to 30 per cent more as the completion date of the MRT draws near.

He also stresses that rentals differ within Holland Village, depending on the location.

He cites an example of a landlord who is asking for a monthly rental of $25,000 for 1,700sq ft of shop space in Lorong Liput, versus the $8,000 to $9,000 that some of his neighbouring tenants are paying now for a similar space.

'There are many interested parties who want to have a foothold in Holland Village and as long as the demand is there and with the new MRT station ready in a few years, rentals will continue to rise,' Mr Han notes.

Rentals for a second-storey, 1,300sq ft space in Lorong Mambong can go for more than $6,000 per month - and this is about half that for a ground-floor unit on the same road.

But despite the high rentals, the turnover of tenants in Holland Village is not high. Some, like Tango's, Michelangelo's Italian restaurant and Wala Wala, have been operating there for more than 10 years.

Industry sources say that while not all the businesses are doing well, they want to hang on because they expect a sharp spike in the number of customers once the MRT station opens.

Tenants can also expect more carpark lots after the construction works are over.

For now, they remain hopeful and optimistic.

As a spokesman for Foster's - An English Rose Cafe says: 'Holland Village is still all right now, especially on certain weekends and times of the year, but we all hope that by 2010, when the MRT station opens, things will be even better.'

By Spirit
25,871 Posts would surely benefit Holland V and the area around it, and one-north will have its own 'centre' too, and both served by the new Circle Line...

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News from CNA.

Holland Village shops should innovate: analysts
By Olivia Siong
POSTED: 11 Jun 2014 23:08

Property analysts say existing shops at Holland Village will have to innovate and keep pace with changing demands when a new mixed-use development in the area opens in the future.

SINGAPORE: Property analysts say existing shops at Holland Village will have to innovate and keep pace with changing demands when a new mixed-use development in the area opens in the future.

Authorities announced on Tuesday that a commercial and residential plot at Holland Road is being released as part of the Holland Village Extension plan, as unveiled in the 2014 Master Plan.

Mr Sam Thambi and his family have been running their magazine and newspaper business, Thambi Magazine Store, at Holland Village for over three generations since the 1940s, and they have practically become an icon of the area.

But with a new mixed-use development coming up, Mr Thambi said he has some concerns about how that might impact business.

"Having new buildings -- well it's inevitable, we can't stop developing, we have to grow. At the same time, if we can come up with an idea to still retain this village atmosphere -- which we've already lost more than 50 per cent of it -- I don't know how they can do it, but if we can retain it, then it'll be very good.

“Somehow I’ve bonded with this area, I had offers at other parts of Singapore, but I've never wanted to go,” he said.

Property analysts said the new development is likely to bring more footfall to the area, which may also translate into higher shop rentals.

Competition from new outlets could also lead to existing landlords wanting to spruce up -- another reason why rentals might rise.

“For certain trades, they probably have to innovate themselves, to make sure they're keeping pace with the demand and supply and also the kind of changes taking place in the area, because you may attract many different kinds of shoppers or people who visit the place.

“To cater for that kind of new demand, the tenants will always have to innovate to make sure they can actually provide value-added service. So that is another way to justify the higher rental,” said Associate Professor Sing Tien Foo from the National University of Singapore’s Department of Real Estate.

But some existing outlets say they are confident that customers will still patronise them in the long-run.

Faizal Ahmad Rajah, operations manager at Barossa Bar, said: "Probably because it's a new thing at Holland Village, so at the beginning it'll probably affect the business.

“But because knowing Holland Village and the atmosphere on its own, the guests will probably come back."

Observers say the new mixed-use development could see a variety of essential services including clinics, dentists as well as education centres, along with more food and beverage outlets to complement the existing offering.

The new mixed-use development will also provide more housing options for people, with an estimated 580 residential units.

But some property analysts say the units are likely to be small, being either two-room or studio apartments, which may be more appealing to younger households.

Ku Swee Yong, CEO of Century 21 Singapore, said: “There hasn't been any significant development for the several hundred apartments that have been launched within a five-minute walking distance from Holland Village in the last five years.

“One MRT station away up north and one MRT station away down south, and prices have already gone as high as over S$2,000 per square foot.

“So we would expect the developer who is bidding for this to be pricing their residential component, estimated at 580 units, at above S$2,000 per square foot when they open for sale.

“The commercial units would be worth around S$4,000 per square foot type of value, and that would mean that the total bid price for this piece of land may be as high as a billion dollars.

“That would also then help some of the older existing properties increase their value, because of the potential of the attraction of this new development at Holland Village.

“I would recommend investors to focus on looking at properties around Holland Village, probably focusing on the freehold properties that are now priced at about S$1,300 to S$1,400 per square foot -- they should be able to see significant capital gains in the future.”

The commercial and residential site is expected to be launched in December.

- CNA/nd
source: CNA

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If you guys happen to be at Holland Village, do drop by Chip Bee Gardens (Opp of Holland Village). Its retail strip, reveals an interesting stretch of gourmet restaurants.
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