Marks & Spencer to take over Border’s retail space at Wheelock Place

Marks & Spencer will take over the Wheelock Place retail space once occupied by Borders bookstore.

The British retailer will move from its current location at basements one and two, and set up a flagship store at level one.

Since Borders moved out, at least 10 retailers have expressed interest in the prime shop space. They included new players who do not have a presence in the Singapore scene just yet.

The 30,000 square foot area will double Marks & Spencer’s current shop size. It will also include a new homeware section, selling dining ware and fine living items.

The new store will open in the first half of 2012, while the current basement area will be returned to owners Wheelock Properties.

Sarah Lim-Lee Lay Huay, Section Head (Marketing & Retail) with Singapore Polytechnic, said: “I think B2 can be opened up for an F&B concept store, whereby there is open sitting. And because there’s also a lot of people walking up and down, it’s also a good place to see and be seen.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 20 Oct 2011

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