Compass Point Shopping Centre
|Address||1 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545078|
|Opening date||1 August 2002|
|No. of stores and services||129|
|No. of anchor tenants||8|
|Total retail floor area||25,000 square metres (270,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||6|
Compass Point was built as an integrated development together with the adjacent Sengkang MRT/LRT station and Compass Heights condominium. Constructed at a cost of S$230 million, the shopping mall started operations in August 2002. The shopping centre was the first major mall to open on the North East Line.
Compass Point is Singapore's first thematic suburban shopping mall based on the theme of learning. Educational panels and informative posters are mounted on railings and walls, which feature interesting trivia based on particular themes updated periodically. After getting feedback from the public and commissioning a survey of residents in the area, conducted by international property adviser DTZ Debenham Tie Leung Limited, the mall's developer, Centrepoint Properties, proposed the learning theme for the shopping mall to cater to the predominantly young families of Sengkang New Town.
The shopping mall has an approximate retail area of 269,098 square feet (25,000.0 m2). Retail space is spread out over four storeys and a basement. Each storey of the shopping centre is named after the five major continents, with motifs showing different aspects of that continent, such as flora and sea-transport vessels: Oceania (basement storey); Asia (ground floor); Europe (2nd storey); The Americas (3rd); and Africa (4th).
The mall is currently managed by Frasers Centrepoint (formerly Centrepoint Properties). Its major tenants include Cold Storage, Metro, Timezone, Sengkang Public Library, Best Denki, Jack's Place, Popular Bookstore and Kopitiam food court.
Compass Point is well-served by public transport, being located just next to the Sengkang MRT/LRT station and Sengkang Bus Interchange. Being easily accessible, the shopping centre serves as the main suburban shopping mall for residents of Sengkang New Town.
On 27 December 2008, a roadshow for the popular drama "The Little Nyonya" featuring the main cast of the drama was held at the ground level, and the response was extremely overwhelming with approximately 5,000 people present, with every floor (except the basement) literally being filled up. The response was so huge, some of the tiles at the ground floor of the shopping center apparently cracked and popped out towards the end of the event, owing to the sheer pressure of the fans. (Source?)
- Khaw Boon Wan (26 November 2002). "The ticket to seamless travel". The Straits Times.
- "61 Compass Heights units sold". The Straits Times. 3 March 2001. p. S14.
- Koh Boon Pin (26 July 2000). "It's not just a mall, it's a learning centre". The Straits Times. p. 49.
- Debbie Goh (4 January 2001). "Mall's retail space all taken way before 2002 opening". The Straits Times.
- "2,000 flock to Sengkang mall job fair". The Straits Times. 8 July 2002.
- Ginnie Teo (18 May 2000). "Learn as you shop at Sengkang mall". The Straits Times. p. 97.
- "Major shopping mall coming up in Sengkang". The Straits Times. 12 August 2002.
- Eunice Quek, Kok Tse Wei (2 July 2005). "How the libraries stack up". The Straits Times. p. S6.
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