1st major facelift soon for Great World City

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

GREAT World City will be undergoing major enhancement works beginning mid-April, ahead of the opening of the Great World MRT Station along the upcoming Thomson-East Coast line in 2021.

Under its first major refurbishment in 20 years, the mixed-use development in River Valley will add about 50 new tenants and three main access points to the MRT station.

Visitors to Great World City can also expect a new design and facade as well as beefed-up food and beverage offerings, owner Allgreen Properties told The Straits Times on Tuesday.

The works will be carried out over two years and are projected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020. The mall will remain open and accessible at all times during the enhancement work and major retail, dining and lifestyle tenants such as Zara, Golden Village and Best Denki will be unaffected during the revamp, Allgreen said. But True Fitness said it will be closed for renovations from April 16 to May 31.

Allgreen said the mall's interior walkways and escalators will be reconfigured to ease navigation and improve accessibility, while "dual-level retail pods" will be created in the foyer, which will house creative retail concepts.

The mall's F&B offerings will increase from the current 20 per cent to 30 per cent of net lettable space when works are completed. Level 1 will house a dedicated F&B zone, where tenants can open for slightly longer hours over weekends and on the eve of public holidays. The food court will take on a new dining concept when it is relocated from the basement to Level 3 in the first quarter of 2019. Basement 1 will feature a new food hall concept alongside other retailers and F&B operators for a "marketplace experience", Allgreen said.

The new tenant mix will also feature a cluster of Japanese-focused retail and F&B tenants to cater to the Japanese community living in the area.

An outdoor playground will also be created near the existing pedestrian overhead bridge on Level 2. A new retail link in Basement 2 will provide the public with access between the mall and the upcoming MRT station. Great World MRT station will also be accessible from Level 1, and the pedestrian overhead bridge on Level 2.

As for the office tower, there are plans to directly connect the lifts there to Level 3 of the mall.