Underground retail space Esplanade Xchange opens

Singapore’s latest underground retail space – Esplanade Xchange – was officially opened on Thursday.

It is sited above the Esplanade MRT Station, and is the first Xchange along the new, partially-opened Circle Line.

The Esplanade Xchange is also a short walk away from Marina Square and Suntec City. Fourteen of the 26 tenants at the Xchange operate F&B outlets.

That’s the highest proportion of F&B outlets amongst SMRT’s seven Xchanges, a result of learning points from previous Xchanges.

Teo Chew Hoon, SMRT’s vice-president (Commercial and Taxi Divisions), said: “From our study, we realised that our commuters like to use our F&B outlets. It’s a very convenient place where they can buy breakfast, buy some knick-knacks. So F&B is a very popular trait in our Xchanges.”

The next Xchange to open will be the Orchard Xchange. Spanning 1,500 square metres, the retail space is sited a level above Orchard MRT station. It previously housed the Popular Bookstore and other shops and is currently under construction.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 8 Jul 2010

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