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Bedok Mall to open earlier than expected

Bedok Mall, the first major shopping mall in the neighbourhood, is slated to open earlier than expected.
MyPaper - August 16, 2012
By: Reico Wong
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Bedok Mall to open earlier than expected

Residents in Singapore's largest estate, Bedok, now have more to cheer about, with the first major shopping mall in the neighbourhood slated to open earlier than expected.

Developer CapitaMalls Asia announced yesterday that Bedok Mall is set to welcome shoppers in the fourth quarter of next year, ahead of the 2014 date announced initially.

Located in the heart of the Bedok Town Centre, the mall will have a total net lettable area of 220,000 sq ft. It will house some 250 shops over three levels.

Shoppers will be able to get everyday essentials, like groceries, as well as health and beauty products in Basement 2.

Basement 1 will house fashion and lifestyle retail outlets, as well as electronics shops. The ground level, touted as "chic avenue", will feature international brand names and high- street fashion and accessories.

About 30 per cent of the mall's retail space has already been leased out, CapitaMalls said yesterday.

Anchor tenants will include premium supermarket FairPrice Finest - which has committed to occupying 27,000 sq ft of retail space - and Best Denki, which will require 6,600 sq ft.

Shoppers can also look forward to choice dining options such as Canton Paradise, Ramen Play and Din Tai Fung.

Unlike most shopping centres, Bedok Mall will not have a foodcourt.

This is because the popular Bedok Hawker Centre is situated beside the mall, said CapitaMalls.

Bedok Mall general manager Phillip Yim said that, as part of the first fully integrated mixed- use development in the east, the mall is set to "play a key role in revitalising the town centre".

A new air-conditioned bus interchange is being built on the second level, above the shopping centre, while private condominium Bedok Residences will take up another 13 floors above that.

The 583-unit condominium saw a record 60 per cent of its apartments sold on the first day of its launch last November. The development is currently about 90 per cent sold out.

Mr Yim, who also manages Bedok Residences, noted that the residential and transport components of the integrated development are expected to push up footfall at the mall to more than two million each month.

There will be over 2,000 people living in Bedok Residences, while one million bus and MRT commuters are expected to access the area monthly.

The Bedok MRT station is directly opposite the mall.

An underground linkway is being constructed to connect the two structures.

"With a wide range of retail and food-and-beverage offerings, Bedok Mall is set to be the one-stop mall of choice for residents living in Singapore's east," Mr Yim added.

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