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Cecil Lee

Singapore oldest Post-1970's Shopping Centres: Katong Shopping Centre, Golden Mile, People's Park, Plaza Singapura, Queensway, Bukit Timah Plaza

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Singapore oldest Post-1970's Shopping Centres and their year of opening.

CHART: Clockwise starting from Katong Shopping Centre (oldest) to newest:-

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Singapore's 6 oldest post-1970's shopping centres:-
1. Katong Shopping Centre 1973 (Mostly Maid Agencies - Failed en-bloc sale attempt)
2. Golden Mile Complex 1973 (Thai/Mixed)
3. People’s Park Complex 1973 (Mixed)
4. Plaza Singapura 1974 (Fully Modernized & Mixed)
5. Queensway Shopping Centre 1974 (Sporting goods)
6. Bukit Timah Plaza 1978 (Heartland/Mixed)

From 1980 onwards:-
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a. Peninsula Plaza 1980 (Burmese/Fashion)
b. City Plaza 1981 (Fashion)
c. Lucky Plaza 1981 (Electronics/Mixed)
d. Far East Plaza 1982 (Mixed)
e. Parkway Parade 1983 (Heartland/Mixed)
f. Beauty World Centre 1984 (Heartland)
g. Serene Centre 1985 (Mixed)
h. Sim Lim Square 1987 (Electronics)
 


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Tay Ban Guan Shopping Centre / Katong Shopping Centre & Parkway Parade

Before Katong Shopping Centre opened in 1973, everyone flocked to a three storey building at Onan Road called Tay Ban Guan Shopping Centre. There was also another entrance from East Coast Road where a shophouse was torn down and became an entrance way from this road.

Then Tay Ban Guan was one of the earliest modern under one roof shopping centre comprising a coffee shop and a modern air-conditioned supermarket on the 1st storey.

Tay Ban Guan Shopping Centre's second storey was devoted to what we see today in most Cold Storage and Giant sundry items: Toiletries, kitchen wares and clothings. It's third storey was leased to individual shops selling all manner of household items.

Then, one can see troves of people carrying the Tay Ban Guan plastic bags with either groceries or other household items. Business was great, then.

A few years after Katong Shopping Centre opened; everyone flocked to it as an anchor tenant was Oriental Emporium. Tay Ban Guan shut it's doors afterwards.

In 1983, Parkway Parade Opened with two major tenants: Yaohan and Cold Storage. Same thing happened to Katong Shopping Centre. And with the insolvency of it's anchor tenant Oriental Emporium at it's basement. Business nosed dived. With mostly Optical shops, Photo copier shops and clothing stores.

Today, at least 70% are Maid Employment Agencies. And the famous boneless chicken rice coffeeshop.


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