Last weekend we made a special trip to Plaza Singapura to check out its recently completed wing which I came to know from a friend's Facebook update. We met up with her friends over lunch, and I was introduced to the Swedish husband of her friend. A short tour of the new wing ensued ... so it is a small extension after all. I was more excited to head to the basement to check out the fate of the Carrefour shop space in the post-Carrefour era. A store I had forgotten the location if not for her reminder (hmm, I didn't realize all the while Carrefour was so near the entrance). For those with similar concerns, you can see from the photo Cold Storage is taking over the space.
While touring the upper level, I saw a mini heritage exhibition CapitaMalls Asia put up ostensibly to commemorate their new wing. Too good to give it a miss, I snapped the following photos.
One of them may surprise some of you, like my mum and I did. I did not realize what was amiss then, till I overheard mum making a comment at home about the name change by Capitaland. She was not with me at Plaza Singapura nor did she see my photos. The comment was probably made in response to a prospectus or newspaper article that she read. Look carefully at the photo below, when did Capitaland change its Chinese name from 嘉德 to 凯德?
From the exhibition posters, I learnt Plaza Singapura was more than just Yaohan or Yamaha. For example its completion in 1974 made it one of the largest malls in Singapore at that time. The price tag was S$50 million, designed and constructed by BEP Akitek Pte Ltd and Loh Keng Huat(S) Pte Ltd respectively. Akitek Tenggara came into the picture in 1988 with their design of a new landscape forecourt. Interestingly Hon Sui Sen who was Minister of Finance then was the VIP for the official opening. I do not know why a private retail mall was officially opened by the MP of Havelock constituency and Minister of Finance no less. Has this to do with the enormous price tag?