Alexandra Retail Centre
Built to house an inviting retail environment, the comprehensive array of stores at ARC is punctuated with open spaces and generous walkways which offer visitors a conducive shopping experience. With a net lettable area of approximately 89,000 sq ft, the three-storey retail centre offers a varied mix of food and beverage, supermarket, lifestyle, services and retail tenants.
Set amidst offices, schools, residences and the Labrador Park MRT station on the new Circle Line, ARC complements the amenities centre at Mapletree Business City and provides the ideal retail solution for the large population in the vicinity.
There is a Soup Spoon outlet in ARC which is really quiet and the service is excellent. The staff are really friendly and there is a very relaxed atmosphere. The mall in general is rarely crowded and hence, it is a great place to chill and hang out with friends. There is also an NTUC, GONG CHA, Ichiban sushi and so many other restaurants.
Do drop by Alexandra Retail Centre if you’re in the area, you won’t be disappointed by the variety of shops. There is also free parking on Weekends and Public Holidays from 8am to 12mn with no minimum spending required, making ARC an even more attractive place to stop by.
ARC has Eu Yan Sang, GongCha, Barcook Bakery and Starbucks to boast about. In short, they may not have the quantity of shops but they sure do have the quality. Try finding a Gongcha or Starbucks that doesn't have a crowd on weekends! Definitely a place that I will keep returning to, but since I can only access it by car, it also poses a certain level of inconvenience and difficulty. However, I see from earlier reviews that parking charges are free, so that's a good thing!
Imagine my disappointment when the shopping mall was finally completed. It only had two levels of retail shops and the third level being enrichment centres. The layout of the mall was also a bit weird with most the shops surrounding a big open space.
The NTUC there was also so small that I was not always able to find all the items I needed. My children were having their Chinese enrichment and music enrichment there every Sunday. I would drive them there, dropped them at the class and then drive back home. There was really nothing to shop there so even waiting for the one hour or ninety minutes there could get boring.
Good thing is now the weekend parking is free so you can go in and out of the parking as many times as you want without incurring parking charges.
My favorite place there has got to be the MacDonalds. It is usually not as crowded as other outlets (except during weekday lunch hours) and you can really eat in peace and enjoy your cup of tea/coffee during the weekends. If you are shopping for groceries, there is also a small NTUC Fairprice outlet after your MacDonalds' big breakfast. There is also an inexpensive and good lunch place at level one - BBQ chicken which you can get a decent western lunch set at affordable prices.
It is convenient to get there by public transport as the Circle Line and busstop is near. The parking is affordable and you can redeem it if you spend above a certain amount in ARC.