The two-year renovation of i12 Katong, a six-storey shopping mall in Singapore, concluded on 23rd June, with the grand opening of co-working spaces and tech-driven retail concepts.
More than 150 retail and food and beverage (F&B) establishments will gradually open in the mall, with more than 80 percent of the tenants being newcomers.
Bistro Bytes, a fully automated storefront where customers can mix and match meals from a variety of F&B providers, is one of the new features and innovations. Customers may pick up their food from automated lockers a few minutes later.
The mall’s owners, Keppel Land, developed the Bistro Bytes technology, claim that it will give tenants more productivity and sales efficiency as well as the flexibility to quickly launch new brands and food items to match quickly shifting consumer preferences.
Core Clinic, a medical co-working space for practitioners with fully equipped clinic spaces and medical facilities, is now located in the mall as well. It is the first of its type in Singapore and gives doctors access to a medical concierge as well as the ability to reserve spaces when they are needed.
The reopening of i12 Katong is the result of a robust retail market that has exhibited indications of recovery since the Covid-19 epidemic and border restrictions were eased.
According to data issued by the Department of Statistics at the beginning of this month, retail sales grew 12.1 percent in April compared to the same month last year, building on the revised 8.8 percent growth in March.
“The opening is particularly timely as Singapore takes steps towards normalcy and resumes gatherings in the community,” said Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, who is also Second Minister for Trade and Industry and MP for Marine Parade GRC, at the mall’s opening.
“With the upcoming Marine Parade station on the Thomson East-Coast MRT line only a five-minute walk away, accessibility to i12 will be enhanced even further,” he added.
Urban agricultural spaces and electric vehicle chargers could be found throughout the mall, along with other sustainability elements.
“Some of these concepts can be exported to other malls, not just in Singapore but other countries where Keppel is present, creating further opportunities for our tenants and partners,” said Mr Loh, chef executive of Keppel Corporation.