Mar 13, 2014

    New Jurong mall to have warehouse facilities

    A NEW mega-mall is slated to open in Jurong East by the end of the year, according to its developer, TT International.

    The Singapore-listed firm, which sells consumer electronics and furniture, said yesterday it will open its first shopping mall in Singapore, Big Box, by the fourth quarter this year.

    The 1.3 million sq ft mall will feature shops and restaurants, a hypermarket, an exhibition hall and warehouse facilities, said the firm's executive director, Ms Julia Tong.

    TT International will be the sole operator of the mall and will sell products from its own house brands, such as Akira for consumer electronics and Barang Barang for housewares.

    Mr Wong Ah Long, chief executive of Big Box, said the mall will be the first to offer a drive-through service for shoppers to pick up goods ordered online.

    The eight-storey complex will be connected to the Jurong East MRT station and bus terminal, neighbouring malls like Jem, Westgate and JCube, and the nearby Ng Teng Fong Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital via a network of elevated walkways.

    Big Box will be the last and largest development built under the Economic Development Board's Warehouse Retail Scheme. The other three are Ikea, Courts and Giant, all in Tampines.

    The scheme, introduced in 2004, was meant to create large-scale warehouse and retail outlets.

    "Unlike most other malls which function as landlords with tenant retailers, Big Box will have a single vendor who will seek to increase retail volumes and pass on cost savings to shoppers," said Mr Wong.