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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

HarbourFront Centre mall opens

First phase of the $30m revamp of former WTC completed, comprising 90% of the complex's retail space
The Straits Times - February 17, 2003
By: Nicholas Fang
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HarbourFront Centre mall opens The HarbourFront complex, shown in an artist's impression, is set to contain rnrnSingapore's largest shopping mall when it is ready in 2006. (Page A16). (PHOTO: MAPLETREE INVESTMENTS)

THE renamed HarbourFront Centre (HFC) retail mall opens for business today with the first phase of the $30 million redevelopment of the former World Trade Centre (WTC) completed.

The soft opening of HFC marks the successful completion of redevelopment comprising 90 per cent of the available retail space in the mall.

The second phase, which involves the front facade of the building and the remaining 10 per cent of retail space, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.

This will be after underpinning work for the MRT station in front of the mall is completed.

The redeveloped retail space at HFC covers 201,591 sq ft and will house retail and food and beverage outlets such as The Body Shop, Hush Puppies, Starbucks and Cold Storage.

Mapletree Investments, a wholly owned Temasek property unit entrusted with the task of redevelopment, had said its aim was to bring the centre in line with the transformation of the entire Maritime Square area and the previous WTC exhibition halls into an integrated waterfront business and leisure destination.

The integrated facility will link the HarbourFront Towers office park - which stands where the former cable-car towers were located - to the sprawling HarbourFront mega mall currently being constructed on the site of the WTC exhibition halls.

The HarbourFront complex is expected to be completed in 2006 and is set to contain Singapore's largest shopping mall, with more than one million sq ft of retail, entertainment and food and beverage outlets.

'The re-opening of HFC's retail space is another step towards realising the vision of the 24-hectare harbour-front area as a dynamic waterfront business and lifestyle destination,' said Mapletree director for development planning Michael Koh.

Mapletree vice-president of marketing Susan Sim said that the HFC would benefit office workers in the HarbourFront complex as well as those located further away.

'The HFC's location within the HarbourFront development offers sheer convenience to the approximately 15,000 office workers at The HarbourFront locale as well as those working in offices and industrial parks along the nearby Alexandra corridor.

'Also benefiting from the HFC would be tourists passing through the Singapore Cruise Centre, located within HFC, as well as those heading to Sentosa,' she added.

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The second phase, which involves the facade of the building and the remaining 10 per cent of retail space, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year

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