Half of Jurong mall already pre-leased

Half of Jurong mall already pre-leased

SINGAPORE - Residents in the western part of Singapore have a new mall - said to be as large as Raffles City shopping centre - to look forward to.

The upcoming mall, called Westgate, has drawn "strong interest" from retailers, said one of its developers, CapitaMalls Asia, yesterday, adding that half of Westgate has already been pre-leased ahead of its scheduled opening in December next year.

Situated next to Jurong East MRT station and bus interchange, the mall will have a sprawling net lettable area of 416,000 sq ft spread over seven levels.

Retailers that have committed to setting up shop there include Isetan, which will occupy some 60,000 sq ft of basement two. The Japanese retailer will open not only a department store there, but a supermarket - its first outside Orchard Road - as well.

Food Republic, which is set to roll out a new thematic concept there, will occupy about 15,000 sq ft.

Ms Wee Su Lin, general manager of Westgate, said: "We are in advanced negotiations with top fashion labels from Europe, the United States and Japan, (which are) keen to unveil interesting concepts in Westgate. We will share more details at a later stage."

CapitaMalls added that it is very optimistic about the mall's business potential, especially as the area is poised to become the largest commercial hub outside the city.

It hopes to attract the one million residents in the surrounding neighbourhoods and tap on the 1.8 million commuters who pass through the area each month.

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