One of the most recognized and very much followed traditions for Chinese New Year is to buy new clothes—it gives the ladies the license to revamp their wardrobe and the guys to recheck the credit limit of their credit cards. Still, in a small, sunny island like Singapore, in which online shopping is growing at an exponential rate, it’s not a surprise that retailers are feeling the crunch every year as their discounts could no longer match the online prices of the similar dresses in Qoo10 .
Nevertheless, do you know that amidst this battle between the offline and online, there lurks an even stronger competitor: the outlet stores? If you’re not familiar with outlet stores, they’re basically selling branded off-season items at a very low price. A pair of newly released shoes can retail for $300, but five years later, that same pair of shoes will be sold in its outlet store at mere, maybe, $50. This is something is that pretty common in other countries, but less developed in our wealthy and land-hungry Singapore.
Here are the top four that you can find!
Tucked away in the middle of an industrial area in Jurong East, IMM used to be well-known for young couples to buy their furniture. But now, IMM is no longer a furniture mall—in the first two levels, you’ll find outlet stores of Timberland, City Chain, Coach, Hush Puppies, World of Sports and even Giordano! Yeah, if you think the prices of Giordano is low, look at their outlet store!Transport to the mall is no longer a hassle: just take a shuttle bus from JCube (that is next to Jurong East MRT Station) that arrives every ten minutes. And for drivers, here’s the ticket: it’s free parking for the first three hours. I kid you not. Just be prepared to go all the way up to the highest level.
Transport to the mall is no longer a hassle: just take a shuttle bus from JCube (that is next to Jurong East MRT Station) that arrives every ten minutes. And for drivers, here’s the ticket: it’s free parking for the first three hours. I kid you not. Just be prepared to go all the way up to the highest level.
Don’t know where it is? Are you certain? Have you been to IKEA at Alexandra Road before? If so, you’ll know where it is: it’s just across the road. It’s a small shopping mall catered for the residents of a condo next to it, but also serves as an outlet shopping mall. Compared to others, there’s not a lot of variety, but the Pedro and G2000 outlet stores are enough to make office workers travel all the way there. Or for IKEA customers to pick up some affordable shoes after saving lots of money from shopping at IKEA.
Hey, wait—you do know IKEA is also selling very cheap stuff, right?
Changi City Point
Fret not if you live in the east: there’s still Changi City Point. As one of the newer malls, it might not be as well-known to Singaporeans (in fact, some of us didn’t even know it exists), but it has a good variety of outlet stores, almost in direct competition with IMM. But it does have one advantage over IMM: it’s within walking distance from an MRT Station.
Johor Premium Outlets
O0ps, it’s not in Singapore? Sorry! But then again, what’s the difference between Singaporeans and Malaysians except for the colour of their ICs (passports have almost the same colour)?
So, if you intend to buy your CNY clothes from outlet stores, you might as well take a bus there. You’ll, well, see many Singaporeans there. And when I say many, I meant many.
Or maybe I can’t tell the difference.
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