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Chinatown Point reopens after $90m makeover

Set to be fully operational next year with over 200 shops, branch library. -ST
Joyce Lim

Sun, Dec 02, 2012
The Straits Times

Chinatown Point (above) now has a dome-shaped ceiling to let in more natural light. The mall is expected to become fully operational next year.

SINGAPORE - People working in the Central Business District have a new mall to flock to for a quick lunch or some shopping.

The once-dead Chinatown Point reopened yesterday, after it closed in October last year for a renovation that cost in excess of $90 million.

Located at the junction of New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street, the 311,725 sq ft mall aims to target professionals, managers, executives and businessmen, followed by families and tourists.

Even though only 20 of the more than 200 shops were open on Thursday, the lunchtime crowd started pouring in by noon.

Shops that were open included Rays Hair Salon, Samsung, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sasa, Eat At Taipei, Crocs, Sunglass Hut and McDonald's.

Part of the mall has been carpeted to give it a lush feel, and a dome-shaped ceiling has been created to allow in more natural light.

Shoppers told The Straits Times that they have been waiting for the mall to reopen.

Secretary Melissa Goh, 38, said: "Whenever I walked past the mall to get to my office every morning, I would wonder when it would reopen. Everyone in my office is talking about it.

"Chinatown is a very busy district, and we always feel that what we lack is a shopping mall. I still remember how everyone was so excited when The Central opened a few years ago. But it's quite far for me to walk there as my lunchtime is strictly one hour."

Ms Jenny Tan, 29, said: "I can't wait for NTUC FairPrice to be opened and the link to the MRT station."

Her friend, Mr John Tan, 33, a sales manager, added: "I like the modern design of the mall and the choice of restaurants like Din Tai Fung and Eat At Taipei."

It seems Chinatown Point is set to bustle with shoppers after Thursday's soft launch.

By this weekend, more shops will be opened, a spokesman for Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management, which manages the mall, told The Straits Times.

The mall is expected to become fully operational by the first quarter of next year, with a National Library branch. Major anchor tenants like FairPrice and Daiso will commence business by the middle of next month, said the spokesman.

The mall was bought for $250 million from City Developments in July 2010 by Perennial Chinatown Point LLP.

joycel@sph.com.sg


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