Some connectivity — 25 years late?

My heart leapt up when going over last Friday’s Straits Times (old newspapers miraculously came to hand earlier, thanks to my dropping by at nephew’s home on Saturday and grabbing what he’s discarded instead of waiting for him to deliver at his leisure)!

I refer to the makeover that’s been completed at the dinosaur of Singapore’s shopping malls –Plaza Singapura. (see article reproduced below).

It seemed like the answer to my complaint voiced here more than 30 months ago !

But alas, I rejoiced too soon.

It’s some connectivity, pardon my sarcasm!

Singapura Plaza was already connected to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Ditto the Atrium. Be4 the makeover.

There’s no connection to Cathay Building or Park Mall — at least not according to the ST article. Or it’s silent on such new connections — if indeed there are links.

I shall confirm the non-existent links the next time I visit Plaza Singapura.

You would think G would have insisted on creating links to Cathay and Park Mall when approving the 80 extra shops. People need links, not more shops — of which there were/are already plenty in and around Plaza Singapura 😦


The Straits Times

Published on Dec 07, 2012

New lease of life at Plaza Singapura

Makeover adds more space, 80 new shops to draw young adults to 38-year-old mall

By melissa tan

PLAZA Singapura, down at the less glitzy end of Orchard Road, has a new lease of life now that renovation works are over.

After its 21-month makeover, costing $150 million, the 38-year-old mall is nearly the size of Ion Orchard with about 80 new shops, all linked to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.

Its net lettable area has grown by about 25 per cent to 629,000 sq ft.

The previous block-like facade at Plaza Singapura has been revamped with a wave-inspired design. The mall front now stretches 170m along Orchard Road.

It has also been integrated with its neighbour, The Atrium@Orchard, which mall owner CapitaMall Trust bought from the Government in 2008.

A walkway now connects the first floor of Plaza Singapura with the MRT station via the mall’s new wing which is the retail podium of The Atrium@Orchard.

The new wing has about 80 shops, including several brands that are new to Singapore.

These new stores are aimed at young adults and professionals, managers, executives and businessmen, the mall said in a statement yesterday.

One of them is 1 Market by Chef Wan, a buffet restaurant launched jointly by the eponymous Malaysian chef and Food Junction Holdings.

Located on the fourth floor of Plaza Singapura’s new wing, it serves a smorgasbord of South-east Asian cuisines.

The 450-seater halal restaurant has been booked up for lunch and dinner until the end of this year, Food Junction managing director and chief executive David Lim said yesterday at a media briefing at the restaurant.

Other new shops include JRunway, a 3,600 sq ft store that is the first Japanese multi-label boutique in South-east Asia, and several other Japanese stores such as Japanese restaurant Tsukada Nojo and Hoshino, a coffee place by Japanese coffee chain Doutor Coffee.

In the old wing of Plaza Singapura, Cold Storage will be taking over the lower level of the space vacated by French hypermarket Carrefour when it moved out at the end of September, the mall’s management said.

Cold Storage’s 30,000 sq ft store is slightly smaller than the one at Great World City. It will begin operations in the first three months of next year.

The space Carrefour occupied on the ground floor of Plaza Singapura has yet to be taken over by a tenant.

Copyright © 2012 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.


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