Plaza Singapura is a contemporary shopping mall located along Orchard Road, Singapore. The mall is owned by CapitaMall Trust. There are retail outlets over two basements; the mall has a 752 lot seven-storey carpark at the rear of the building, a two basement goods bay beneath it. The mall is popular with families and young adults; the mall was first opened in 1974 and in 2012, it underwent an extensive revamp which included the construction of a new wing increasing retail space by 25 percent. It is one of the oldest malls located along Orchard Road. Plaza Singapura was designed by BEP Akitek Pte Ltd.. At the time of completion, it was one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore and South East Asia; the major tenants in the mall included Yaohan department store, Yaohan Best, Yamaha musical instrument showroom and music school for electric organ, piano and other instruments when it opened on 14 September 1974. The mall was managed by DBS Land, the predecessor of CapitaLand. There were three internal courtyards and an external forecourt provided psychological relief from the noise of traffic and commercial activity outside.
Plaza Singapura was opened by Minister for Finance, the late Mr Hon Sui Sen, on 16 August 1975. It was described by students that the building appears "lumpy" in the context and the glass fibre decorated mural at the front and two sides is quite insensitive, like some great Nonya belt, it used to house two sculptures in the building, designed by the late renowned sculptor Ng Eng Teng, which has now been removed. The mall did not go under any major renovations until mid 1997 during the Asian Financial Crisis, when it went under major retrofitting with a new look and the mall changed when it reopened in late 1998; as Yaohan went bankrupt in 1997, it saw the departure of the main store. The mall's tenants changed drastically with Liberty Market took over Yaohan in Basement 2. Liberty Market was shifted to Orchard Grand Court in 2001, closed down in 4 June 2004; this was to change when between 2002 and 2003, when the mall once again when under a revamp with a new tenant mix. The mall had renovations in the basements, a direct link to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station was constructed.
Travelators were installed in the building for the convenience of shoppers serving between Basement 2, Basement 1 and Level 1. In 2008, further changes were made to Plaza Singapura. Level 7 of the mall was given a face lift and tenants selling toys and hobby related items such as swords and cosplay costumes were introduced. In 2012, it underwent major renovation work; the first phase signifies that the first three levels of Atrium@Orchard, which housed several offices, were converted to shop spaces. The second phase involves the former 81,000 sq ft Carrefour converted to supermarket Cold Storage in basement 2 and department store John Little in level 1, which were completed in June 2013; the mall has been given a new facade with a 170-metre long wave frontage and features multi-coloured sculptures called the Jelly Baby Family by Italian artist Mauro Peruchetti. The renovation and construction of a new wing has increased the retail floor area of the mall from 497,575 square feet to 629,000 square feet, which added 80 new retail and F&B shops to the directory of the mall.
In 2015, it underwent interior upgrading works. Floor finishes, corridor lighting and lift lobbies will be upgraded. More nursing rooms will be added on Level 2. List of shopping malls in Singapore Official website
Shaw Organisation is a film distribution company and cinema chain founded by brothers Runme Shaw and Run Run Shaw who went to Singapore in the 1920s to expand their family business founded by Runje Shaw. The company operated as a distributor for the Shaw brothers' Tianyi Film Company in Shanghai. Run Run Shaw moved to Hong Kong in the 1950s to run Shaw Brothers Studio, whilst Runme Shaw stayed in Singapore to continue Shaw Organisation's operations. Unlike Tianyi, Shaw Organisation distribute them in their theatres. Shaw Organisation has a long history in Singapore since its founding in 1924, they bought the land which the Shaw House now stands in the year 1952. The plot of land was granted to William Scott in 1845. About 500,000 square feet of land was levelled the adjacent Lido Theatre; the company managed single-screen cinemas until the late 1980s, when it decided to build cineplexes to give more flexibility in offering different types of films. The first cineplexes built were the Prince and Jade cineplexes in Shaw Towers, opened in February 1988.
Cineplexes have now become the standard for cinemas offering varied shows for smaller crowds. The Shaw Organisation was founded in 1924, he was the third of seven children of Shaw Yuh Hsuen. In Shanghai, Runme's eldest brother Runje Shaw had founded the Tianyi Film Company. Not satisfied with the domestic market, the Shaw brothers sought business opportunities elsewhere South-East Asia. Runme, as distribution manager was tasked to search for a suitable investment city. Runme's original destination was Indochina. However, he was denied permission to land there and instead, he ended up in Singapore, creating the Shaw Organisation, he was joined by his younger brother Sir Run Run Shaw two years later. After the Great Depression, the Shaws decided to diversify their risk by branching out from their entertainment business into areas like amusement parks, they brought in ideas from abroad and modelled the parks after those in Shanghai, which proved to be popular amongst the local population. From the mid 30s to the 80s, Shaw operated two popular fairgrounds – the Great World Amusement Park and the New World Amusement Park.
At its height, the company owned multiple cinemas and amusement parks throughout Singapore and Borneo, spawned Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong to feed its then-burgeoning operation. By August 2000, a computerised ticketing system developed jointly with Singapore Computer Systems was launched; this system linked all Shaw theatres into a single network for automated telephone credit card purchases. With her extensive infrastructure, Shaw is now the biggest distributor of Asian cinema. Today, it runs 55 screens in 7 locations in Singapore. Shaw Theatres has 68 screens in Singapore currently. A 12-screen cinema at Paya Lebar Quarter will open in August 2019. Besides its involvement in film distribution, Shaw Organisation had investments in properties as well; the most prominent one is the Shaw House located at 350 Orchard Road with Isetan as its anchor tenant. The Shaw House is the organisation's largest project to date in Singapore, it took three years to construct and was completed in 1993. Other than the Shaw House, the Shaw Organisation owns other commercial properties including the Shaw Plaza, Shaw Centre, Shaw Corner, Oriental Plaza, Balestier Warehouse, North Bridge Road Shophouse and Mackenzie Road Shophouse.
Shaw Organisation owns residential properties in Singapore. The two notable ones are Twin Heights and Hullet Rise; the others are single houses. Shaw Organisation Pte Ltd owns the Shaw Properties Pte Ltd and Shaw Theatres Pte Ltd. Shaw Properties Pte Ltd oversees the operations in property development and leasing whilst Shaw Theatres Pte Ltd oversees the operations in film purchase and the cinema's food and beverages; the Shaw Foundation was set up in 1957 by the Shaw brothers and is one of the largest philanthropic organisations in the world. Most of the money comes from its revenue from the properties under Shaw Properties Pte Ltd. All earnings from the Shaw Centre since the late 70s have been given to charitable organisations; the largest amount that the Shaw Foundation has set aside was SGD 17.7 million in the year 1999. The largest share of the funding went to the National Kidney Foundation and most of its recipients were in the healthcare sector. In the educational sector, the Shaw Foundation has been a regular donor to the National University of Singapore since 1987, awarding around 240 scholarships to date.
Dr Shaw Vee Meng is the chairman of the Shaw Foundation. He is the eldest son of Run Run Shaw; the major recipient of Shaw Foundation's donations, the National Kidney Foundation of Singapore was caught in a scandal involving the misuse of donation funds of NKF. The incident circled around chief executive officer, T. T Durai understating NKF's reserves and exaggerating the number of patients to encourage more donations, using the funds for personal reasons such as maintaining his personal car, travelling on first class flights and an installation of a'golden tap' in his private office suite. Durai dropped NKF's claims against the Singapore Press Holdings on 13 July 2005 after making several confessions during the trial and the entire board of NKF resigned on 14 July 2005. Since the incident, there has been a said irreversible effect on trust issues for donations to charitable organisations in Sing
Nex is a regional shopping mall in Serangoon, within the North-East Region of Singapore. The largest mall in North-East Singapore and one of the largest suburban malls in the country, is integrated with the air-conditioned Serangoon Bus Interchange and Serangoon MRT Station. Built on an empty plot of land right above the Circle Line portion of Serangoon MRT Station, Nex was developed by its owner, Gold Ridge Pte Ltd and was completed in November 2010; as a regional mall, it had two food courts, Food Junction and Food Republic, a NTUC Fairprice Xtra hypermarket, a Cold Storage supermarket, a Shaw Theatres cineplex, an Isetan department store and more than 380 shops back then. The mall pioneered several firsts in Singapore, such as a rooftop dog park integrated with a dry and wet playground and Serangoon Public Library, the first public library to be built on a rooftop; the mall's second basement floor houses the Serangoon Bus Interchange. In 2014, the mall underwent minor renovations, such as renovating a part of Level 1 to incorporate fashion giants Uniqlo and H&M, relocating Kiddy Palace to level 4.
The mall's tenant mix was slightly refreshed as well, such as Anytime Fitness opening on the roof level of the mall, various beauty tenants occupying a part of Ground Floor and Level 1, such as Innisfree and jewelry shops such as Swarovski. Official website
Choa Chu Kang
Choa Chu Kang, alternatively spelt as Chua Chu Kang and abbreviated as CCK, is a planning area and residential town located at the north-westernmost point of the West Region of Singapore. The town shares borders with Sungei Kadut to the north, Tengah to the southwest, Bukit Batok to the southeast, Bukit Panjang to the east and the Western Water Catchment to the west. Choa Chu Kang New Town is separated into two portions by the Kranji Expressway. A kampung, the area has been developed under the ambition of the Housing and Development Board, to transform it into a modern township; the town comprises seven subzones, four of which are the most densely populated: Choa Chu Kang Central, Choa Chu Kang North, Yew Tee and Teck Whye. Choa Chu Kang's name is derived from its historical core at the former site of Chua Chu Kang Village located near the junction of Choa Chu Kang Road and Jalan Sungei Poyan occupied by the grounds of the National Shooting Centre which comes under the purview of Singapore Shooting Association.
The name began to be applied to the general area around the village when Choa Chu Kang Road, a main arterial road linking the village to Upper Bukit Timah Road towards the east was built. The name "Choa Chu Kang" is derived from the Teochew word "kang chu". In the nineteenth century, Chinese immigrants to plant gambier and pepper along the river banks of Choa Chu Kang, although many migrated to Johor to the north at the encouragement of the Temenggong of Johor; the plantation owners were known as Kangchu - the word "kang" refers to the riverbank and "chu" means "owner" or "master", referring to the headman in charge of the plantations in the area. "Choa" is the clan name of the first headman. Choa Chu Kang was a diverse area with old kampong rubber plantations. Residents had to depend on boats or bullock carts for transportation. Among the few villages which sprang up were Kampong Belimbing and Chua Chu Kang Village. Most of the inhabitants belonged to the Teochew dialect group; the early Teochew settlers were farmers growing gambier and pepper.
The Hokkiens, who moved in established pineapple and coconut plantations as well as vegetable farms and poultry farms. In the early days, tigers used to roam in the area; the last tiger of Singapore was shot here in the 1930s. Kampong Belimbing, Chua Chu Kang Village and Kampong Berih was demolished in phases from 1993 to 1998, it was replaced by military plot and. The Cemetery North is gazetted as an army restricted and live-firing area from 19 September 2003; the Jalan Bahar is gazetted as an army restricted and live-firing area from 16 March 2001. The name Choa Chu Kang is used for its nearby facilities. However, the original name Chua Chu Kang is retained in the cemetery area; the new town era had been evolved since 1985 where Teck Whye was developed, it was extended to N2, N3 and N4 by 1992 with the cutting short of Choa Chu Kang Road. Yew Tee was developed by 1997, with N5, N6 and N7 being completed and residents had moved in. There is still a military training area at Yew Tee/Kranji Camp premises, since 6 February 2002.
The camps are Mowbray Camps. Choa Chu Kang had their new neighbourhood being completed, the Neighbourhood 8 by 2015. On 25 April 2015, bus services such as 300, 301 and 983 were being enhanced for their needs of residents. Bus service 301 and 983 took over the deleted portions of service 300. On 27 December 2015, service 983 was extended via Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7, Choa Chu Kang Grove, Choa Chu Kang Way, Choa Chu Kang Road, Upper Bukit Timah Road, Petir Road, Jelebu Road all the way to Bukit Panjang to enhance connectivity to the Downtown MRT Line; when Choa Chu Kang Town was built by expanding Teck Whye Estate near the other end of Choa Chu Kang Road at its junction with Upper Bukit Timah Road and Woodlands Road to the north, the place name began to be applied to a much larger area when political divisions like the Choa Chu Kang ward applied to the entire northwest sector of the country during some editions of the Parliamentary elections. The residents' committees in Choa Chu Kang were expanded in 1988 and 1991, part of Chua Chu Kang sector had given way to Yew Tee division, followed by Keat Hong division in 2001.
The growing demand of Keat Hong Neighbourhood 8 requested for redrawing of boundaries whereby Limbang ward took over the parts of Yew Tee and Choa Chu Kang, giving a nice feel of Neighbourhood 5 and 6. Today, the Yew Tee and Limbang wards fall within the Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency and the rest of the town such as Keat Hong and Chua Chu Kang fall within the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency; as of 2017, this area has a total of eight primary schools and six secondary schools, together with Pioneer Junior College. Choa Chu Kang is home to the newest addition to ITE College West, constructed and completed in 2010. City planners plan for public transport to become the preferred mode of transport in the future; the government of Singapore ideally desires environmental towns, using public transport to reduce pollution caused by heavy road traffic. Choa Chu Kang is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's focus for realising this urban planning model and is still undergoing an expansion of its town.
As Choa Chu Kang is distant from the city centre at the Central Area, an efficient, high-volume and high-speed public transport system is preferred to using road networks. Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station and Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange are conveniently connected to each another in the town centre to allow seamless travel for the residen
VivoCity is the largest shopping mall in Singapore. Located in the HarbourFront precinct of Bukit Merah, it was designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, its name is derived from the word vivacity. According to Mapletree chairman Edmund Cheng, VivoCity "evokes a lifestyle experience, modern and accessible to everyone, a place bubbling with energy and flowing with vitality". In December 2016, VivoCity was recognized by Forbes as one of the top shopping malls in Singapore. In July 2018, VivoCity launched a new Basement 1 extension mall spanning 3,000 square metres, which houses ten brands across fashion and lifestyle categories. Notable brands includes FILA, New Era, Weston Corp and Xiaomi; the new B1 extension is accessible via a new escalator lobby, Lobby R, situated right next to the Kopitiam food court. VivoCity was built on the site of the exhibition halls of the former World Trade Centre, now the HarbourFront Centre, the construction had begun on June 2003, it has 1,500,000 square feet of gross floor area and 1,040,000 square feet of retail space, larger than Suntec City and Ngee Ann City.
It was designed by the renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Mapletree Investments, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, is the developer of the S$417 million complex; the shopping mall opened on 1 December 2006 after a topping-out ceremony on 18 April and a soft launch on 7 October of the same year. The official opening included a six-minute fireworks display, a concert by American band String Theory for the general public, a Stefanie Sun concert at the mall's amphitheatre at the Sky Park on the third floor; the guest of honour of the event was chairman of Temasek Holdings and former cabinet minister S Dhanabalan. During its first month of opening, it attracted 4.2 million visitors, equivalent to the population of Singapore, attracted 7.28 million visitors in total before the grand opening. The String Theory concert included a giant harp with strings stretching to the third floor of the mall; the concert was lasted ten days, from 1 to 10 December. Barricades were put at the boardwalk blocking the front portion of the boardwalk, facing the Keppel Harbour.
CISCO auxiliary police were deployed for the opening, with the food court on the third floor and the whole Sky Park closed to the public for the day. Parts of the car park were closed for the invited guests as well. A giant projection screen was put at the main entrance of the mall. VivoCity served as the official venue for the live televised countdown to the new year, instead of Sentosa as in previous years; the 2007 Countdown, held from 31 December 2006 to 1 January 2007, was held at the rooftop amphitheatre and included performances by well-known homegrown artists from MediaCorp Channel 5 and 8, as well as the Top 11 finalists of the second season of Singapore Idol. The 2008 Countdown, held from 31 December 2007 to 1 January 2008, which showcased Taufik Batisah, Daren Tan Sze Wei and the Deal Or No Deal girls in addition to artists from Channel 5 and 8. Before the actual countdown party, fans were treated to a 50-minute showcase for the solo and group winners of the Channel 5 talent competition "Live The Dream", as well as performances by the other finalists of that competition.
The 2009 Countdown, from 31 December 2008 to 1 January 2009 was held. This time it was for the artists from Channel 8 and U instead of those from Channel 5. Since Channel 5 will hold its Countdown from The Float at Marina Bay, it held the following countdowns for the year of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. VivoCity's iconic architecture sets it apart from the traditional box format of many existing retail developments in the region as it includes event spaces, al fresco dining by the 300 m long Promenade and a large roof-top amphitheatre; the Sky Park has been a popular place for all walks of life since its opening. The Play Court and the open spaces in the mall are popular with children; the Promenade and the entrance area with the water features a popular place for children to play in. The wading pool on the third floor is; the Sky Park was where the grand opening was held. It is a place popular to view Sentosa; some hold picnics in the mall's outdoor space as well. VivoCity's design allows it to accommodate over 300 tenants, including many new-to-market brands and retail concepts.
As one of the venues of the inaugural Singapore Biennale in 2006, several commissioned art pieces from established designers around the world were unveiled in VivoCity. It is the only venue of the Singapore Biennale. An international student design contest was held to find a design for incorporation into the architecture of VivoCity. There is a car park with a total of 2,179 lots and a loading and unloading bay; the car parks are located in basements 1 and 2 as well as from levels 2 to 7. There is a coach and tour buses bay in the mall. An outdoor pedestrian bridge on level 2 linking to St James Power Station. Additionally air-con walkways connects to the HarbourFront Centre; the terminal of the Sentosa Express monorail is known as VivoCity Station. It was opened on 15 January 2007. There is a bus stop in front of VivoCity; the linkway at basement 2 and level 1 connects to HarbourFront MRT Station and HarbourFront Bus Interchange. Official website
City Square Mall
City Square Mall is Singapore’s first eco-mall to be integrated with a 49,000 sq ft urban park named City Green, located within the planning area of Kallang. The mall sits on the site of Singapore's historic New World Amusement Park and is directly connected to Farrer Park MRT Station. City Green is designed to provide a learning experience about the natural environment. City Square Mall is the first mall in Singapore awarded the prestigious Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority. Official website
Sim Lim Square
Sim Lim Square referred to as SLS, is a large retail complex that offers a wide variety of electronic goods and services ranging from DVDs, phones, video cameras, computer parts and servicing. Located at 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore, SLS is situated in central Singapore, near historic features such as the Little India district and one of the earliest HDB developments. SLS is accessible via MRT at Rochor MRT Station of Downtown Line. After several reports of incidents of fraud faced by tourists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and Vietnamese newspapers published a warning about purchasing electronics from Sim Lim Square; the complex was planned as a shopping and office complex, began construction in 1983. In 1985, the complex was converted into a shopping centre dedicated to electronics and electrical goods, many of the shop spaces in the complex were bought by shop-owners from Sim Lim Tower; the complex was completed in January 1987. The complex is a six-story building with a range of varied electronics service shops.
The centre operates away from the main shopping areas of Singapore and as such can be seen as an area for bargains to be gained with cheap and inexpensive goods. Examples of this can include phones, computer parts and other electronic devices. CASE publishes advisory against rogue vendors in SLS. Many shops in Sim Lim Square those on lower levels selling games and mobiles, resort to scam tactics to reap higher profits; the most recent case of Jover Chew Chiew Loon involve a 33-month prison sentence. In early 2008, some SLS shops were caught by the police for selling counterfeit copies of Microsoft Windows. In April 2013, after Sim Lim Square's management put up lists of recalcitrant shops as a warning to shoppers, some of those stores resorted to shrinking or removing their names from their signboards, or changing their name; the lists have been ripped off by unknown culprits. It was reported a month that retailers had secretly charged extra amounts to customers' credit cards as taxes or transaction fees.
Malaysian diver Ooi Tze Liang, participating in the 2014 Singapore Fina Diving Grand Prix, reported paying over S$4,800 for two iPhone 6 phones, despite being quoted a price of $2,500. Ooi was unaware of the cost when he signed a contract for a warranty package amounting to over $2,300. Ooi said. Ooi paid up instead of cancelling the warranty contract, which would have cost him $800, it was reported by The New Paper that there was "little that can be done by the authorities" as the customer signed a contract. On 4 December, police raided and shuttered two mobile phone retailers, Gadget Terminal, De. Mac Gadget/Mobile Apps, as part of investigations following reports lodged against them; the impact on the mall's reputation over customer scams was so serious that in November 2014, management of Sim Lim Square appealed to the authorities to "take a tough stand against the recalcitrant retailers". 14 complaints of impropriety were lodged against Mobile Air between July and September 2014, while 28 charges were brought onto the owner Jover Chew of Mobile Air, of which he pleaded guilty to 12 of them.
$12,199 was refunded to 26 victims. Most of the charges involve abetment by conspiracy to cheat customers and criminal intimidation of customers. 2 cases were covered by the press and social media: On 24 September, a Chinese citizen, Miss Zhou, bought an iPhone 6 Plus from the store, but unknowingly signed a contract for two years of "insurance" costing $2,400, bringing the price of the phone to $4,000. After haggling, Zhou paid $3,000. At the time, online Apple stores were selling a similar product for less than $1,500; the next day, Zhou filed a complaint with the Small Claims Tribunal, which ruled that the shop should refund her $1,010. On 28 October, Mobile Air returned Zhou and her aunt the $1,010, the money was returned in coins of all denominations, including five cents, weighing a total of 18 kg. Zhou and her aunt had to count them. Mobile Air owner Jover Chew Chiew Loon refused to answer why he had paid in coins, instead blaming Zhou and her aunt for being difficult customers. Following this incident, CASE investigated the shop after noting the aforementioned 14 complaints of impropriety against Mobile Air.
On 3 November, a Vietnamese tourist, paid S$950 for an iPhone 6 from Mobile Air. However, Mobile air staff refused to let Pham leave with the phone unless he paid an additional $1,500 in warranty fees. Pham failed to scrutinise it due to his lack of fluency in English. After the intervention of the police and CASE, Pham was refunded $400, but did not receive the iPhone, incurring a loss of $550. Pham said that his monthly earnings as a factory worker amounted to about $200; this case sparked nationwide sympathy and outrage in Singapore after the publishing of a photo of a tearful Pham and the online circulation of a video of him begging on his knees for a refund. The backlash resulted in the personal particulars and photos of Mobile Air owner Jover Chew being circulated online. In response, a crowdfunding campaign was started on IndieGoGo to buy Pham an iPhone 6 by Mr Gabriel Kang, a Singaporean technology entrepreneur; the campaign saw over a thousand donations and raised over US$11,000. Despite the campaign, Pham said that a businessman had donated $550 to him and that he had bought a phone with it, so he did not want to take more than what he lost.
As a result of the campaign, which far exceeded the initial target of US$1,350