Published on Monday, 25 January 2016 02:03
Written by Andrew Loh
To the long yearning residents of Punggol, the opening of Waterway Point on Monday, 18 January, comes as a godsend.
As blogger, Grace Tan, a resident, put it, “This is the mall I have waited over 10 years for!”
And that is no exaggeration, as any Punggol resident would tell you.
View from mall of Waterway park
“[Punggolians have] longed for the day we can have our own mall and a decent Punggol central for us to wine, dine and shop at,” Ms Tan wrote on her blog
. “And that day has arrived with the opening of Waterway Point.”
Complaints of a lack of amenities have plagued the northeastern town since the first flats were built there around 1998.
For the longest time, Punggol residents have had to make do with the smaller malls in neighbouring Sengkang and even Hougang.
So, anticipation of the opening of the 370,824 sq ft retail and lifestyle Waterway Point – also dubbed the “new social landmark” by its developers - has been almost palpable, especially when it was announced that it would be the biggest shopping mall in the area, and plonked right along the scenic 8.4km Waterway Park too.
View of the park from the plaza
The picturesque park has become a favourite with cyclists, joggers, photographers, families out for a picnic or a stroll, and anyone who needs some quiet space. You can now go cycling and make a pit-stop at the new mall for a bite or a dose of quick shopping.
But if you are not sporty, the mall is easily accessible through the MRT – Punggol station is smack right at the doorstep of Waterway Point too. The station is the last on the North-East Line (NEL).
East and West wings of mall
When Waterway Point was opened on Monday morning for its "soft launch", residents packed all four levels from the get-go. This even though not all the shops and stores were opened for business.
The restaurants and food outlets, especially, were doing very brisk business indeed, with all of them crowded out by hungry patrons. Every stall at the Koufu Cookhouse saw long queues, for example - and the same scene was repeated at the other food outlets too.
Country Brot bakery
Fruit Paradise Cafe
Interestingly, the mixed vegetables stall in Koufu is trying out a new concept – patrons will help themselves with the dishes, and pay at the counter. The stall assistants will not be serving you. On its first day, the stall saw a snaking queue. We hope the business does well!
People also came early to stand in line for free tickets which were given out by one of the mall’s anchor tenants, Shaw Theatres.
As for the other tenants, there are the usual suspects of popular outlets, including MacDonald's, Subway, Uniqlo, Daiso, Koufu, Guardian, etc. Altogether, there are more than 200 stores spread across the four levels of the mall, and they include fashion labels and specialty stores, entertainment and enrichment facilities, thematic casual dining concepts, wellness services, as well as day-to-day amenities.
The French Table restaurant
Besides the 1,500-seater Shaw Theatres, the other anchor tenant is the 30,000 sq ft, 24-hour Fairprice Finest, located in basement two of the West Wing.
Another notable tenant is Times Bookstore, which takes up 7,335 sq ft, making the outlet the bookstore’s biggest one in Singapore.
But the mall is not just for the adults.
Organic food section - Fairprice Finest
On Level 2, known as the “Family Zone”, there are various learning and enrichment centres, and a large outdoor wet and dry playground. For parents looking for a childcare facility, there is the 19,826 sq ft My First Skool.
There is also Wonderland, “a play haven for the little ones to explore, learn and have fun with anything from dinosaurs to mushrooms”.
The Cove - children water play
And on basement two, there is The Cove, which features an interactive water fountain play area for children.
Waterway Point will serve about 600,000 people working and living in Punggol and in the vicinity.
The mall is part of Watertown, a S$1.6 billion integrated retail and residential development by Frasers Centrepoint, Far East Organization and Sekisui House.
Miam Miam Jap French restaurant
Menya Musashi Kinko restaurant
Watertown is expected to be completed in 2017.
“Once underserved, Punggol today is a picture of rapid development,” said Christopher Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial & Greater China, Frasers Centrepoint Limited. “Its rejuvenation has begun to draw in a new demographic of urban dwellers as reflected in the diverse mix of tenants Waterway Point is attracting,”
He added, referring to the quick take-up rate when the mall was first announced, “Many recognised the mall’s exciting waterfront positioning and its potential to anchor the entire district as a place of gathering.”
Factorie clothing store
Dough & Grains - coming soon
London Fat Duck - coming soon
Indeed, there is a new buzz now in Punggol – not only because of Waterway Point but also because things as a whole look to be shaping up to provide a quality of life which residents have longed for.
With the Waterway Park and the other major development in the park – the SAFRA Club – opening its doors in April, Punggolians like Ms Tan have much to cheer about. Life in Punggol is not one long yearning for something better anymore.
Do check out more details of what you can do at the mall – click here
Limited bicycle bays in mall
Zekka Modern Thai restaurant