Funan DigitaLife Mall

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Funan DigitaLife Mall
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Funan DigitaLife Mall
Location Downtown Core, Singapore
Opening date 1985
Closing date 30 June 2016 (Renovation work)
Management CapitaMalls Asia
Owner CapitaLand Mall Trust Management
No. of stores and services 0 (Due to renovation work)
Total retail floor area 269,806 square feet (25,065.8 m2)
No. of floors 0
Website Funan DigitaLife Mall

Funan DigitaLife Mall (Chinese: 福南数码活力广场), also known as Funan The IT Mall (Chinese: 福南科技广场) or simply Funan Centre (Chinese: 福南中心), is a former shopping centre located near the Civic District in Singapore. Established in 1985, the mall specialises in electronics and IT-related goods. It is a more upmarket competitor of Sim Lim Square, the latter of which caters more to the general masses.[1]

There are a total of 178 outlets spread over six floors. Challenger Superstore occupies almost the entirety of the sixth floor, and is accompanied by other anchor tenants such as Harvey Norman in the other floors.

History[edit]

The mall opened in 1985 as Funan Centre as a general shopping centre, which provided more options for shoppers to shop at other than Orchard Road.[2] In the early 90s, the mall began to attract a critical mass of electronic and IT retailers over the years. Its main and long-time anchor tenant is Challenger Superstore, a major homegrown IT store established in 1984. In 1992, the mall was refurbished. It later adopted the name Funan The IT Mall in 1997 to reflect its current focus on IT related outlets. In 2005, the mall received minor upgrades, and was again renamed to Funan DigitaLife Mall.

Decline and redevelopment[edit]

Due to the popularity of online shopping, business at the mall has been declining over the past few years, forcing tenants to close down shop.[3] The mall was initially planned to be renovated in 2014. However, it was later slated for demolition. The last day of mall operation was 30 June 2016; thereafter the building will be demolished and redeveloped. All tenants are already relocated.[4]

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Transportation[edit]

The nearest MRT Station to Funan DigtaLife Mall is City Hall MRT Station (NS25/EW13).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Funan". Funan DigitaLife Mall. 
  2. ^ "Meet the man who helped draw up Funan Centre". The New Paper. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Closure of Funan DigitaLife Mall a 'further setback for Singapore's tech haven image', say analysts". The Straits Times. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Funan DigitaLife Mall's last day of trading planned for Jun 30". Channel NewsAsia. 

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Coordinates: 1°17′30.5″N 103°50′58.2″E / 1.291806°N 103.849500°E / 1.291806; 103.849500