Brace up, Mustafa Centre lovers. Singapore's largest 24-hour mall, which largely houses halal goods, will close its iconic Serangoon Plaza section by February.
If you've been there - and if you're Singaporean or have visited the city, you likely have - you'll be most familiar with the 65,000 square-foot section of the mall.
It's a spot retailer Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin has occupied since the mall's establishment in 1985 - it's been 30 years now. Soon that area will be turned into a construction site before it's replaced by the 19-storey mixed complex Centrium Square, according to TODAY, which broke the news on Tuesday (Jan 10). The newspaper said that all the tenants of Serangoon Plaza, 70 percent of which is occupied by Mustafa Centre, will have to vacate by the same time.
All this means is that Mustafa Centre will be smaller - by a quarter to be exact. The adjacent Mustafa Centre building on Syed Alwi Road will still be open. And if founder Mustaq Ahmad isn't over-reacting - "there's nothing to feel bad about a place we do not own," he told TODAY - then we shouldn't, either. Still...
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