The Centre Point
The Centrepoint is best known as a multi-faceted shopping destination housing the iconic Robinsons department store and the largest Marks and Spencer outlet in Singapore. It carries internationally renowned brands such as MANGO, British India, Lacoste, Swarovski and Timberland as well as specialty shops such as the maternity line Mothers En Vogue; party supplies store PARTY with US and much more. The Centrepoint won a Silver Award in the Orchard Road Best Dressed Building Competition orgainsed by Orchard Road Business Association in 2009. It set a new Singapore record for Tallest Christmas Tree Made of Cupcakes (Singapore Book of Records) on 13 November 2009 and Tallest Chocolate Sculpture (Guinness World Records and Singapore Book of Records) on 2 December 2008. The Centrepoint is accredited with the Businesses For Families Mark by the Businesses For Families Council which recognises establishments with outstanding family-friendly practices and services. Family rooms are located at Levels 3 and 6 of the main building. Kiddy toilets are at Levels 2 to 6 of the new wing. Diaper-changing stations are located in the Level 2 ladies' toilet as well as Levels 2, 3 and 4 men's toilet. The Centrepoint is the ideal place for fun-filled shopping and dining, where memorable experiences are created and everyone leaves with a smile. Shoppers can enjoy free Wi-Fi access with Wireless@SG
While it is not as empty as Orchard Central, it is great for shoppers who avoid crowds - and as everyone knows, the crowds in town are utter madness especially during weekends and public holidays.
Centrepoint has shops such as MANGO, GAP and Marks & Spencer (one of my favourite stores in fact) which are far less crowded than the outlets elsewhere. It also has a Haagen Dazs cafe along with a Starbucks that is usually full by dinnertime. Although Centrepoint cannot offer as fantastic a shopping experience as other malls in town, it is the best place to go to if you want to get away from the crowd.
Centrepoint is definitely not one of the places I'd like to be at when I am in town. The shops that they have there can be found in almost every other places as well. It is also a distance away from the MRT, which is also one of the reasons why it does not attract any crowd. However, because it is rather deserted, some shops have special discounts that are not applicable in other outlets. That's probably the only plus point of centrepoint.
Main purpose of my visits to Centre Point nowadays (few and far in between, mind you) are just food. The Haagen Dazs near the entrance has lesser crowd and makes a great place for after dinner desserts. Astons would be also on my option list if I have a craving for western cuisine. Even then, there are still too much food options along the street for me to not really get drawn to this mall. There just wasn't sufficient temptation for me to walk into the mall despite having walked past often.
While the mall might seem relatively empty to me, the queue for taxi at Centre Point never fails to amaze me. There seem to be always a queue there at all times for cabs, which doesn't really justify why the crowd in the mall is so little though.
It is by no fault of it's own. When you are situated in town, new malls will inevitably pop up from time to time, and hog the limelight. In today's time, the likes of ION, Somerset@313 and Cineleisure have rose to prominence, rendering malls such as Heeren, Lucky Plaza and Centre Point less popular. I believe that if tenants can be persuaded to utilise the mall and a marketing campaign be created, Centre Point can rise back to popularity as well.
Until then, it will be overshadowed by the new kids on the block.
The only tenant worth mentioning is Robinson's. While huge, there's only so much shopping and walking around one can do at Robinson's. I feel that Centrepoint is a mall out of time. there is nothing there to attract the younger generation, unlike ION and the rest.
I hope Centrepoint gets restored back to it's former glory, when it was a behemoth in the Orchard shopping district.
The cold storage is big, i'll go there for last-minute grocery shopping since there's no NTUCs in town. The Mcdonalds is always very crowded even till late-night as there's quite abit of drinking places nearby and people will come here for supper. The only place that i'll shop at is probably the Guardian and Watsons store.
The TCC facing the road is spacious with a smoking area, overall a peaceful place to have coffee.
Other than these few features together with a POSB branch, this place is pretty dead although the building looks good.
I have rarely seen anyone here. I used to work in Ichiban Boshi Centrepoint and my friends will always rudely ask "where in the damn world is that?" when I tell them I'm at work. The lunch crowd at my restaurant is pretty good even on weekdays though so I have no idea where all these hungry people come from but one thing's for sure, they do not stay in the mall.
I came here once for the Haagan Dazs and it's a good setting. It's peaceful, quiet and you can actually have a good conversation over excellent ice cream. But besides this quaint little place, everything else is a little too cold for me. I still like my heartland malls.
This place's gotta go.
There is little to attract the teenage or office crowd. There are no "cool" fashion brands like Uniqlo or Topshop. If there are, they are brands you can easily find in lots of other malls along Orchard Road. Instead you have shops for a more mature crowd, like British India. There's no cinema, either.
I don't mean to slam the Centrepoint; I believe they target a particular group of shoppers. I only think that this group doesn't include the youth.
Robinsons is not the only department store around, there is also the fab Marks & Spencer, which is situated at both level 1 and 2. Basically, there's something for everyone. Students can get affordable stationery items at Evergreen Stationery. The store can be found at level 3. Itching to read? Planning to buy the latest best-seller? Head down to TIMES Bookstore at level 4.
There are over 30 stores that sell fashion wear and accessories. My personal favourite is Lalu, which can be found at level 3. I'm especially fond with their accessories. They're so cute and trendy. Their outfits are really pretty, yet it doesn't try too hard, if you know what I mean. Most stores can be found at level 2.
Before shopping, it's best to grab a bite first. Most of the restaurants and cafes can be found at level 1. I like having my meals at Astons Prime. It is located at level 3. Anyway, the food tastes great and it's pretty cheap! The bake potato is a must try. Just a reminder: the queue can get pretty long.