Bedok Mall is over 85% leased six months ahead of opening
- First major mall in Bedok, Singapore’s largest estate with some 300,000 residents
- International fashion labels including UNIQLO, gourmet supermarket, lifestyle electronics and more to bring unprecedented level of convenience to residents
- Job fair planned in September to support tenants’ recruitment drive
Singapore - Bedok Mall (勿洛广场), the first major mall in Bedok, is over 85% leased six months ahead of its targeted opening at the end of this year. This was announced this morning at a topping out ceremony to mark the structural completion of Bedok Mall. Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade & Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, who is also advisor to East Coast GRC grassroots organisations, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event.
Bedok Mall is part of the integrated retail-residential-transport development leading the revitalisation of the Bedok Town Centre into an exciting hub in the East Coast, which includes plans for a new hawker centre and town plaza, amongst other initiatives. The mall’s Basement 2 is directly linked to the Bedok MRT station while the new air-conditioned Bedok bus interchange, which will begin operations next year, is located above the mall on Level 2. The 583-unit condominium Bedok Residences, which sits above the mall, completes the integrated development.
With a net lettable area of some 220,000 square feet, Bedok Mall is about the size of Junction 8. It has over 200 shops spread across three floors from Basement 2 to Level 1. When it opens in time for Christmas this year, it will bring an unprecedented level of convenience to the some 300,000 residents in Singapore’s largest estate, who will get to choose from the mall’s extensive offerings ranging from daily necessities to international fashion.
For the first time, residents in Bedok will be able to find international fashion labels right in their neighbourhood at Bedok Mall, such as UNIQLO, Dorothy Perkins, G2000 and Cotton On. Home-grown shoe retailer Charles and Keith and sports retailer Royal Sporting House will also be setting up shop here.
In line with its aim to complement existing trades in the area, Bedok Mall will not have a food court as the popular Bedok hawker centre is nearby. Instead, diners at Bedok Mall will take their pick from an extensive list of restaurants and eateries, ranging from French bistro Poulet and famous ramen place Menya Musashi to Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung. Other dining outlets include casual eatery Crystal Jade Hong Kong Café, family diner Swensen’s, Itacho Sushi, Thai Express, Canton Paradise, Ramen Play, Old Town White Coffee and McDonald’s.
Shoppers and commuters passing through the transport hub will also be able to enjoy an array of quick bites at Basement 2, including Gelato and Green Dot Vegetarian which are opening their first outlets in a mall. Other choices include familiar favourites BreadTalk, Toast Box, EAT, Old Chang Kee, Famous Amos and MOS Burger.
Other retailers signed for Bedok Mall include children and maternity products retailer Kiddy Palace, electrical and electronics store Best Denki and leading bookstore Popular. Meeting residents’ daily needs are anchor retailer gourmet supermarket FairPrice Finest, as well as Watsons and Guardian.
Mr Philip Yim, General Manager of Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences, said, “Following the positive response from home buyers who have purchased over 95% of the units in Bedok Residences, Bedok Mall is similarly seeing strong interest from retailers and is now more than 85% committed. Bedok Mall will introduce brands that were previously not available in Bedok, and complement the current offerings in the town centre. Residents staying in the East of Singapore can look forward to celebrating this Christmas at Bedok Mall, while homeowners can expect to move into Bedok Residences in 2015.”
In addition to a host of retail offerings, Bedok Mall will bring job opportunities to the community when it is operational. In September, Bedok Mall will be partnering e2i to organise a job fair, with support from grassroots organisations, to assist the mall tenants in their recruitment drive.
Helping to bring the arts into the community, Bedok Mall will showcase a specially-commissioned set of sculptures depicting a family of five shopping by renowned Korean artist Kim Gyoung Min. These coloured bronze statues in the artist’s signature fun and playful style, the tallest of which measures 4 metres, will greet shoppers as they arrive at the mall entrance. This will be the first time that Kim’s artwork is displayed in Singapore.
In keeping with the development’s community focus, Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences place a strong emphasis on accessibility, connectivity and user-friendliness. From the onset of the design, the project team worked closely with the Housing & Development Board to integrate the development with the rest of the neighbourhood. This includes connectivity to the adjacent hawker centre – which is being turned into a town plaza – with three different ramped pathways that become part of the terracing landscape feature. Steps have also taken to identify suitable access points for multiple uses of the integrated development, and to optimise traffic flow.
Further addressing the needs of families and the elderly living in the mature estate, the design of Bedok Mall incorporates family-friendly features and services such as nursing rooms and rental of strollers and wheelchairs. At Bedok Residences, communal recreational facilities with extensive landscaping are located at Levels 4 and 5. Ramps connecting both levels are integrated into the landscaping for the ease of residents’ movement. The clubhouse is also equipped with family-friendly amenities such as children’s toilets and a diaper station. For these efforts, Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences were last week conferred the Universal Design Mark GoldPLUS (design) award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the highest rating for a project under development. This followed the BCA Green Mark Platinum awards – the highest accolade for green building certification in Singapore – which Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences received in 2012 for their energy-efficient features.
About Bedok Mall
Bedok Mall is the first full-fledged shopping mall in Bedok, Singapore’s largest estate. Located in the heart of the Bedok Town Centre, Bedok Mall will be the centrepiece of the transformation of Bedok into an exciting hub, the gateway to the East Coast. Bedok Mall, and the 583-unit Bedok Residences located above it, is a development by CapitaLand and CapitaMalls Asia.
The mall will house over 200 shops across three floors and net lettable area of 220,000 square feet, offering everyday essentials, lifestyle and fashion. It enjoys excellent connectivity with the transport hub, with direct connection to the Bedok MRT station via the Basement 2 link, and the Bedok bus interchange located above the mall.