SINGAPORE- New shopping centre Bedok Mall opened its doors to the public yesterday, introducing new brands and eateries to one of Singapore's oldest neighbourhoods.
All 200 shops were leased two weeks ahead of yesterday's opening, with some retailers choosing it for their first shop here.
For instance, Malaysian leather goods brand Sembonia opened its flagship store and popular American chicken wings franchise Wingstop opened its first Asian outlet at the mall.
Former food court stalls such as Guan Chee Hong Kong Roast and Ottoman Kebab and Grill have set up their first stand-alone restaurants there.
Anchor tenants include popular brands like Uniqlo, FairPrice Finest, Best Denki, and Popular bookstore.
Visitors can also look forward to eateries like Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung; Hong Kong dim sum eatery Tim Ho Wan; Itacho Sushi and Canton Paradise.
The mall's development manager, Mr Kevin Siew, said: "As the first full-fledged mall in the area, Bedok Mall introduces brands that were previously not available in Bedok and complements the current offerings in the town centre."
He said more than 99 per cent of the mall had been leased three months ago, on the back of strong demand from retailers.
About 100 shops began business yesterday, and 95 per cent of the shops are expected to be open next week.
The mall is part of an inte- grated development, including the 583-unit condominium Bedok Residences developed by CapitaLand.
CapitaMalls Asia owns 50 per cent of Bedok Mall, while CapitaLand owns the other half.
The development is directly linked to the Bedok MRT station from Basement 2.
The Bedok bus interchange - on Level 2 - opens next year.
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