Name: Parkway Parade
Address: 80 Marine Parade Road Singapore 449269
Opening days: Daily
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
One of Singapore’s first and largest suburban malls is Parkway Parade. With the broadest selection of stores on Singapore’s East Coast, Parkway Parade is the go-to place for many locals and expatriates living nearby. You can be sure to find everything you need for daily use and consumption with over 250 stores conveniently located over 7 levels, including Best Denki, CS Fresh, FairPrice Xtra, Scoop Wholefoods Australia, Harvey Norman, Marks & Spencer, and Food Republic, to name a few.
In March 1981, Parkway Parade’s construction got under progress. The project, which was constructed by Parkway Holdings on a property measuring 31,536 square meters (339,450 square feet) along Marine Parade Road, had a 15-story office structure and a six-story shopping podium, and was estimated to cost S$250 million. Parkway Holdings sought help from American and Australian designers for the design of the mall, which was modeled after American suburban shopping centers. Parkway Parade has a 17-floor office tower with a basement and a seven-story commercial center that was formally inaugurated in March 1984. Parkway Holdings constructed the structure and sold it to Asia Pacific Investment Company in 2000. Lendlease is in charge of running the mall.
Parkway Parade, which cost S$280 million to construct, comprised over 120,000 square meters (1,300,000 square feet) of retail space and included middle-class-targeted department stores. Numerous notable tenants, including Isetan, Marks & Spencer, Best Denki (formerly known as Yaohan Best), children’s department store Small World, and MPH Bookstore, debuted their first suburban locations. Parkway Parade also offered a variety of dining options, including Chuck’E’Cheese (located inside Small World), Hardee’s, and Petite Park, as well as a mini-theme park (Funland) on Levels 3 and 4 and the first and biggest mall playground in Singapore at the time on Level 7. To say that Parkway Parade was one of the most popular malls in Singapore at the time is not an overstatement.
After the property was sold to Asia Pacific Insurance Company in 2000, Lendlease was chosen to oversee Parkway Parade mall’s operations.
The first phase of the mall’s renovation started in March 2002 and was finished in two stages. A new tenant mix was incorporated in the first phase to better reflect the mall’s location. This featured Giant, the building’s major tenant, who took up almost the whole third story. The second phase of the mall’s renovation, which was finished in November 2003, included an extended food court by Food Republic on the Basement floor. In addition, the “Waterfall” leisure and dining district, which features one of the tallest glass waterfalls in the nation, six outdoor food and beverage kiosks with alfresco dining areas, and a restaurant with an all-glass facade, was completed.
In 2007, Dôme Cafe shared some of the mall’s floor space with the second Border’s bookstore in Singapore, which was also located there.
Additional exterior renovations to Parkway Parade included moving the entry area and expanding the dining area for eateries on the first floor of Parkway Parade in 2011. The new layout, which was finished at the end of 2012, brought over 10 new tenants to the extension, including Din Tai Fung, Papparich, and Twelve Cupcakes.
As more shopping malls popped up all over Singapore, a variety of retail stores were added in 2015 to keep Parkway Parade mall modern and competitive in Singapore’s business environment. Best Denki, along with six rows of retail stores occupying a portion of the hypermarket space, were moved to Level 3 of Parkway Parade. At September 2017, a seven-screen Cathay Cineplex opened up in the former True Fitness location on Level 7.
After 18 years at Parkway Parade, Giant closed its doors in February 2020. FairPrice Xtra replaced them as the key tenant within Parkway Parade, and they debuted in 2021. After 38 years in business, Isetan terminated operations in Parkway Parade in late January 2022.