Dover Street Market, an edgy fashion retail and concept store conceived by Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, will be opening its first Singapore outlet in Dempsey.
The multi-brand store will be opening in one of two blocks on Dempsey Road, Block 17 and 18, which have been awarded to COMO Lifestyle in a tender to develop the site for retail and food and beverage (F&B) use.
COMO Lifestyle scored the highest among the six bids received by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the two agencies said in a press release issued on Tuesday (Dec 15).
Bids for the two blocks were assessed “holistically”, with 60 per cent of the overall score for the quality of the concept and 40 per cent of the bid price, the press release said.
According to COMO Lifestyle’s bid, a new concept known as “COMO Dempsey” will be introduced integrating Dover Street Market with several F&B outlets, including a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and bar, new restaurant concept COMO Cuisine and local Peranakan restaurant Candlenut.
“The Dempsey cluster appeals to both locals and visitors because of its rustic character, diverse dining experiences and retail options. The agencies’ intention for the tender was to rejuvenate and bring new and exciting concepts to Dempsey,” said Mr Lee Seng Lai, Director of SLA’s Land Operations (Private) Division.
COMO Lifestyle was awarded the tender based on its concept, track record in F&B and retail industries, as well as its proposal to “nurture emerging Singapore talents” by providing internships, according to Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy, STB’s Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail.
“COMO Lifestyle’s international experience and competency are expected to significantly contribute to creating and sustaining the vibrant Dempsey atmosphere and Singapore’s tourism scene,” she added.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 15 Dec 2015