The Clementi Mall
The Clementi Mall is a six-storey retail development totaling approximately 191,000 square feet of retail space, which includes a basement shopping level and a basement carpark. With its strategic location in Clementi town and accessibility to integrated transport amenities like the Clementi MRT station and bus interchange, The Clementi Mall is poised to be an anchor attraction in the area. Positioned as a contemporary and mid-market mall, The Clementi Mall will enjoy a good catchment from Holland Village, Bukit Timah and West Coast, where key tertiary institutions such as National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, and UniSIM are located.
This is in fact the identity of the consumers. If the planning community have set down to see what clementi people would have wanted this error would have been dramatically minimized. Take a bakery for example. It would be extremely worthy to have bread-talk to lead the charge for supplying morning bread necessities for clementi people right? but with 4 other bakery within a 1km radius, the people who buy your product are just plainly in a rush. Perhaps this is bread-talk strategy but to me it is clearly a saturated market.
It has the usual things every heartland mall have. A supermarket which in this case is NTUC fair price extra, less than 500m away from the 20 something year old NTUC fair price at the edge of clementi central which everyone residing in Clementi knows about.
Next up would be the food court which is by NTUC food fare. This is a gem in most heartland malls but with so many good food in Clementi, the competition is stiff. Moreover, the food that Clementi residents have come to love has at least 10 years of history and featured by at least 1 food reviewer.
Moving on would be the "affordable" food joints. With seoul garden, Manhattan Fish Market and several others joining in the mix for hungry folks, it just feels like Clementi Mall is really trying to hard. The food quality at these joints are usually average and it is the ambiance of an air-conditioned food joint with servers which makes it expensive. To me, money could be well-spent somewhere else.
Lastly, the shopping outlets is really badly planned. First of all would be the brands you rent your space to are not attractive to Clementi residents. it contains the usual shops you would find along Bugis Junction which really does not appeal so much to an older demographics.
I find that the things that could be improved in this mall are as follows, a movie theatre, a focus on the type of shops and better food outlets. I know of better food outlet which can be franchised to this place and will definitely be able to sway the masses to dining at Clementi Mall more often than at the market area. Next up, the shops in Clementi Mall needs to put shops selling similar products further away. The reason being is that with shops packed so closed together selling similar product or providing the same services, people will become picky. However, when you space them apart further, it gives an impression of choice and people are less-likely to nip-pick so much.
However, I don't see anything that distinguishes it from other Heartland malls. It just feels like the same wine in a different bottle. This is a good place for residents and students from nearby schools to hang out and relax but I will be hesitant to call this place an attraction.
The layout was somewhat confusing at first as it is not that similar to typical malls. There were various shops patrons could visit, be it for clothes, accessories and household needs that were available and lined up at almost every corner. The escalators are situated deeper in the mall, which I felt could have been better placed.
One thing I was really pleased with was the condition of the toilets. Despite the steady inflow and outflow of users, the maintenance of cleanliness was reasonable to a point that you wouldn’t think twice about relieving yourself. This applies for both male and female toilets.
Food wise, it is hard to locate a halal outlet at the main food court at basement level, but you could enjoy the buffets available at Seoul garden at the top level. There is also a library conveniently placed beside it so you could relax and read up after that hearty meal.
Finally, the fact that is easily accessible from the Clementi Mrt station, via a direct overhead bridge to the entrance really makes one more inclined to visit it, rather than the old mall which takes quite a distance to walk.
It is definitely a place for families to visit during weekends though please note that it will be crowded as it already is even on weekdays. But the location is good with the bus interchange just at the ground level and the Clementi MRT just beside the mall. And it is right smack in Clementi Central where the old neighbourhood charm still remains.
The only thing that is lacking now is a cinema in that area.
For food, you can head to the basement where a huge array of food awaits you! From local delights to fast food to Japanese food, there will be something that suits your taste. If not, you can proceed up the levels where more restaurants such as Fish & Co and Crystal Jade Kitchen are found. For your daily needs, there is Fairprice, Guardian and Watsons. There are no lack of clothing sold at the mall as well. Prices are generally affordable and designs are up-to-date. Starbucks is also present for you to hang-out with your friend over a cup of frappe of warm coffee. For the electronic geek, there are stores for you as well.
Clementi Mall is also situated just beside Cityvibe where the best cheese fries are found. All in all, I will visit Clementi Mall when I happen to be at that area. Otherwise, I will not go there specially for it. It would be complete with a cinema in it!
I would say that it has almost everything you can find in a typical shopping mall - with eateries such as KFC, Burger King, etc. In fact, you don't really have to worry about food - You'll be spoilt for choice at the basement level. (Personally, I always go for my standard choice - KFC.)
The Fish & Co chain located in the mall is superb. Nice ambience and great staff that made my experience a positive one. Well... ...I shall keep my review separate for Fish & Co in their own review page since its about the Clementi Mall here.
I believe the new mall is a great addition to the people residing near the area. I mean, there are more options, food choices and have everything at your convenience! (For eg: There's a Fairprice outlet as well that you or your mom can get your groceries at.)
As an ex-Singapore Polytechnic student, I would drop once or twice by Clementi Mall in between break hours (it's only one MRT station away from the school). Time actually passes faster if you are in a shopping mall with friends, I guess.
I love the fact that it houses two of my favorite stores, "Guardian" and "Watsons", too! I would compare the prices before making my final purchases since both sell similar items.
Overall, I would say Clementi Mall is a highly recommended place. It has definitely brought life to the once dull Clementi!
You would be spoilt for options if you’re hungry when you step into this mall. In the basement of the ball, you subway and many other fast food chains like Burker King, KFC, Long John Silver’s.
In level 4 and 5 of the mall, you have restaurants like Swensen’s, Fish & Co and Seoul Garden.
When you’re looking to fufill your shopping needs, shops like Charles & keith, cotton on, pepper plus and body shop await you. Blogshop like Katelove is a popular shop among teenagers due to their affordable clothes as well as unique fashion style.
For electrical stores, you have challenger, best denki and PC zone. Also, you have all 3 telecommunication stores, M1, Starhub and Singtel.
Clementi Mall is my usual stop over on the way back home for a quick bite or buy a thing or two. Apart from the fact, there is no cinema in the mall, clement mall has everything else!
It is often crowded as it is near to the market, metro, bus interchange, and the HDBs there. However, if your are looking at eating at an inexpensive restaurant or having a cheap meal, you can walk to the open air market cum food court beside Clementi Mall. Their food price ranges from $2 to $6.
However, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Clementi Mall shortly after its opening. Not only does it have quite a number of new retail shops that I have never or seldom seen in other malls, there is even a Ben and Jerry’s outlet and many lovely snack stalls at the basement! There are not many coffee places or café-style places to hang out though.
The layout of the mall is also spacious and even when there are many people, it is never crowded to the point of discomfort unlike what I have felt in others like Tampines Mall. Perhaps this is due to the wider walkways which gives sufficient room for people to enjoy their own comfortable walking space.
Overall I feel that the mall is a great place to walk around and shop, but less suitable for just chilling with friends.
The one thing, out of the many, that i love in this mall would be Seoul Garden and Cotton On. These two are the common hangouts for my friends and I, to have a meal and shop around in the mall. The best part is, we all love Long John Silvers at the basement of the mall, along with Burger King, Subway and more as the staff there are really friendly.
Having such a wonderful mall that has everything there is to offer to its shoppers is just plain AWESOME!