Some Suntec shops struggle to stay afloat

Some Suntec shops struggle to stay afloat

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Almost a year after Suntec City Mall's $230 million renovations began, shops continue to struggle to stay afloat as customers choose to bypass the mall's hoardings - and the stores themselves.

Business has dropped by up to 60 per cent as compared to the same period last year at certain outlets The Straits Times spoke to.

One of those was Giordano, a clothes shop close to the Galleria zone, where the first phase of renovations is being carried out.

Gifts and novelty shop CNS has also observed a similar loss.

"People don't know that the shops are open because a lot of the mall is covered up. Those that come into our shop only browse through after withdrawing money (from the nearby ATM machine)," said CNS staff member Cynthia Ng.

Shop manager Carol Chong of restaurant Bali Thai, located in the mall's basement, said fewer tourists are visiting the mall due to "inconvenient" routes, which involve them having to walk past hoardings to get to areas of the mall that are open.

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