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Mar 3, 2011

[B][SIZE="5"]Katong Mall gets new name and look[/SIZE][/B]

By Cheryl Lim


[SIZE="1"]An artist's impression of the new 112 Katong mall, which will draw on the neighbourhood's rich Peranakan heritage in its new concept. -- PHOTO: PERENNIAL REAL ESTATE[/SIZE]

KATONG Mall may be about to get a modern makeover but history will be an important theme in the $60 million facelift.

The new look for the 20-year-old landmark mall - to be called 112 Katong - will draw heavily on the neighbourhood's rich Peranakan heritage.

The Peranakans, also known as the Straits Chinese, have been a presence in this part of the world since the 15th and 16th centuries as a result of inter-marriages between Chinese immigrants and locals. They maintain a distinctive culture.

The three anchor tenants - Golden Village, Cold Storage and Breadtalk - have committed themselves to unique design concepts to reflect this theme.

The interior of Golden Village's Multiplex will combine traditional Peranakan motifs with modern interpretations. The lobby of its Gold Class halls will be decorated like a shophouse.

The mall will also house Cold Storage's first Market Place concept which will offer the largest range of gourmet and unique products under one roof.

Breadtalk will be rolling out a range of Peranakan-themed buns to be sold exclusively at the outlet at 112 Katong - named for the address, 112 East Coast Road.

Luxury timepiece brand Cortina Watch, which has seven outlets in the Orchard Road and Marina Bay areas, will be making its maiden foray into the suburbs. Its outlet at the mall will stock watches and small accessories.

The mall's manager, Perennial Real Estate, said the mall has seen a pre-commitment tenancy rate of more than 65 per cent and is expected to receive its Temporary Occupancy Permit by the third quarter of this year.

Renovation work on Perennial's other project, Chinatown Point, is expected to start in May.