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May 16, 2010
Rise of mall in suburbs
More heartland shopping centres opening, others are revamped or expanded, thrilling residents
By Irene Tham & Ng Hui Ying

THE flashy facades carry the logos of hip brands like Topshop, Mango, Uniqlo and Bakerzin.

Inside, the warmly lit, swanky interiors and a diverse retail mix put you in a good mood to spend.

But you are not in an Orchard Road mall.

Welcome to the bright new world of heartland shopping centres, even while their downtown cousins - Ion Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Central and [email protected], which opened last year - may have hogged more limelight.

Suburban malls are gaining strength in numbers, with new ones slated for Serangoon, Bedok, Clementi and Jurong. Existing ones, from Parkway Parade to Jurong Point, have been expanded and spruced up.

Why the big rush to the heartland? Experts point to suburban malls' strong resistance to the effects of a recession.
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Hi all,

Just wanted to suggest a new thread topic as I rarely see a general shopping developments thread on here? (Apart from Orchard Rd one)

I am visiting in early January for 4 days & have noticed developments on the net that (to my knowledge?) have never been featured/discussed.- Such as City Square Mall near Mustafa Centre:

Singapore’s First Eco-Mall
City Square Mall, located at the junction of Serangoon and Kitchener Roads, sits on the site of Singapore's historic New World Park. It is within close proximity to Little India, with a direct connection to Farrer Park MRT station.

With over 700,000 sq ft of gross retail space, spread over five retail levels, two basements and four levels of lifestyle services, it is home to about 200 tenants.

Offering a wide array of value-for-money merchandise and services, exciting promotional activities, street fare as well as international cuisine, City Square Mall is a miniature 'town-centre' which provides the perfect setting for the community to meet, play and shop while acquiring an eco-learning experience.

City Square Mall is the first mall in Singapore to be integrated with an urban park. Named City Green, the 49,000 square feet park is like a green carpet in front of the mall to welcome visitors. Filled with numerous wonderful surprises, City Green is designed to provide a learning experience about ecology and the natural environment.
Might as well add to my thread, as no-one else seems interested :lol:

Just noticed that Parco have opened a new Dept store in Singapore back in March at Milennia Walk mall at Marina Bay.

PARCO Singapore is a fully-owned subsidiary of PARCO Co. LTD.

PARCO’s first foray into Singapore was in 1995 when Bugis Junction became the first shopping mall to have a glass-covered, air-conditioned shopping street amidst a nostalgic architectural setting. PARCO sold its stake at Bugis Junction in 2005. Between 2006 to 2009, PARCO was the appointed Retail Manager for The Central at Clark Quay.
Hi, I also visited NEX on NY Eve - will post pics later (as I'm at Changi on way home :cripes:)

Yes, its rather confusing layout wise, but some nice stores and groovy lcd ceiling is cool.
Went there last last. Very spacious. Has a good feel about the place. Like the lighted ceiling there...
Sad to see that Borders at Wheelock Place will be closing down so suddenly at the end of next week :down:

The Borders Bookstore at Wheelock Place has entered its last chapter. It is closing its flagship store for good following disputes with its landlord.

The store has less than a week to clear out from its current premises.

For the past few days now, book lovers only saw a 'The Store is Closed' sign at the entrance of the bookstore at Wheelock Place.

Then, on Friday afternoon, staff of the bookstore at Wheelock Place were seen clearing the shelves.

Singapore's Borders Bookstore had stood strong even as its US and Australia branches closed one by one, struggling to keep up with digital media.

But it is not free of troubles either, as a dispute with its landlord Wheelock Properties seems to have shut its flagship store for good.

Tim Reid, interim judicial manager of Borders, said: "The rent cheque for August was not paid in the beginning of the month. And when the cheque was issued, initially there were some errors in the cheque - the amount and words did not reflect the amount and digits, and there was a need for a new cheque to be issued.

However, Wheelock Properties was not willing to alter its position that the Borders store remain closed, despite the store's attempt to negotiate.

Borders is one of the most iconic stores at Wheelock Place. Although the book chain has another store at Parkway Parade, many book lovers MediaCorp spoke to were surprised and concerned that the store at Wheelock Place remained closed.

Its judicial manager said the priority now is to remove Borders' stock from its premises by August 23.

Some of the books will be transferred to its Parkway Parade branch, while the rest will be sold at a discounted price at a book sale.

There are no plans yet to open a new outlet.
Don't know if this is the right place to post these pics - but was amused to see massive queues to get the new iPhone 4S last week! - these pics are at NEX Serangoon:

^^ But it still doesn't have a major draw card imo now that both Tower Records and Carrefour have gone? There's nothing there that cannot be found in other malls.
H&M in Singapore expansion

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is to add three new stores in Singapore.

The first store will open on May 29 at Jem shopping mall in Jurong, to be followed with another on June 20 at VivoCity in Harbourfront Walk. H&M is also slated to open a store at Suntec City on Temasek Boulevard also in June.

The Jem store will span 17,000 sqft while the VivoCity and Suntec City stores will measure 15,000 sqft and 20,000 sqft, respectively.

The three new stores will carry the brand's ranges for men, women, teenagers and children.

H&M currently operates two stores in Orchard Rd. At 30,000 sqft, its flagship store at Orchard Building will remain its largest.
No, I think its the Desigual store
Hi, I see that Marina Square is opening a new section fronting One Raffles Link that will have lots of new eateries such as CBLT Beanstro.

Please keep updating this thread with news of new shop opening in Singapore's malls - for tourists like myself, its great to keep up with the changes.

For example, I see that Suntec's redevelopment is almost done with the following new stores being announced:
Some info on the Bedok mall progression:

NEWS RELEASE Bedok Mall is over 85% leased six months ahead of opening

First major mall in Bedok, Singapore’s largest estate with some 300,000
International fashion labels including UNIQLO, gourmet supermarket, lifestyle
electronics and more to bring unprecedented level of convenience to
Job fair planned in September to support tenants’ recruitment drive

Singapore, 23 May 2013 – Bedok Mall, the first major mall in Bedok, is over 85% leased sixmonths ahead of its targeted opening at the end of this year. This was announced this morning at atopping out ceremony to mark the structural completion of Bedok Mall. Senior Minister of State for
National Development and Trade & Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, who is also advisor to East Coast GRCgrassroots organisations, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event.

Bedok Mall is part of the integrated retail-residential-transport development leading the revitalisation ofthe Bedok Town Centre into an exciting hub in the East Coast, which includes plans for a new hawkercentre and town plaza, amongst other initiatives. The mall’s Basement 2 is directly linked to the BedokMRT station while the new air-conditioned Bedok bus interchange, which will begin operations nextyear, is located above the mall on Level 2. The 583-unit condominium Bedok Residences, which sitsabove the mall, completes the integrated development.

With a net lettable area of some 220,000 square feet, Bedok Mall is about the size of Junction 8. It hasover 200 shops spread across three floors from Basement 2 to Level 1. When it opens in time forChristmas this year, it will bring an unprecedented level of convenience to the some 300,000 residents
in Singapore’s largest estate, who will get to choose from the mall’s extensive offerings ranging from daily necessities to international fashion.

For the first time, residents in Bedok will be able to find international fashion labels right in their neighbourhood at Bedok Mall, such as UNIQLO, Dorothy Perkins, G2000 and Cotton On. Home-grown shoe retailer Charles and Keith and sports retailer Royal Sporting House will also be setting up shop here.
This is a pity :down:

HMV to close Singapore store By Inside Retail Asia on September 30, 2013

British music retailer is to close its store at Singapore mall [email protected] on November 4.

That would leave just one store remaining in Singapore, located at Marina Square
Chinatown point pics I took (it adjoined my hotel):

Why the weekly updates of this building site?! Nothing changes lah!!
Update of Seletar mall comment by Gary in Sydney

Nothing has changed again this week.... :lol:
Are any new malls opening before Xmas this year in Singapore?
Thnaks - its just my usual Xmas trip and was hoping to learn what new malls or shops have opened this year?
Yup, went to them all last Xmas.

(Just cancelled my MAS flights today unfortunately, hence SIN here I come....)
Have u been to JEM and Westgate? Bedok point Mall also new but i find it below average.
But external shots of the same thing with Seletar mall's progress week after week is not exactly riveting viewing.....:lol:

I'm far more interested in learning which shops have opened in malls (such as say Suntec developments) and when new malls will open.
Could soemone kindly post internal pics of the new Orchard Gateway mall?
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