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Frasers Tower received strong interest ahead of its completion

About 30 per cent of upcoming Frasers Tower, in the heart of the Central Business District, has been leased – or has received a leasing proposal. The relatively strong interest comes even though the 38-storey office building in Cecil Street is not due to be ready for tenants for more than a year.

The interest came from multi-sector conglomerates, legal services and technology firms, including the first signed lease with The Executive Centre, a serviced office provider, which will take up an entire floor covering 20,000 sq ft.

The supply pipeline favours Frasers Tower, as there are just a few new developments in the core CBD from mid-2017 until the end of 2020: Marina One, UIC Building and the redevelopment of the CPF Building. Frasers Tower has 663,000 sq ft in total net lettable area. An adjacent three-storey building will host food and beverage tenants.

 

Online Stores getting offline presence amidst slump

The falling rental rates provide a silver lining for online retailers amid the current retail slump.These retailers have a chance to venture offline and into shopping malls. Last month, for example, online furniture retailer HipVan opened its permanent 11,000 sq ft flagship store at The Cathay in Dhoby Ghaut.

Lifestyle retailer Naiise similarly opened its 8,500 sq ft flagship store in that mall last June. Other online retailers, such as Reebonz, Love Bonito and Ohvola, have opened short-term stores in Suntec City and Orchard Gateway, to catch shoppers who want to see, touch or try on a product before buying.
 The islandwide vacancy rate for retail space was 7.5 per cent at the end of last year, up from 4.5 per cent at the end of 2013, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) data showed.
The Median rental rate per sq ft per month for the Orchard Road area is $9.82, the first time it fell below $10. The median rental rate for retail space in the third quarter of last year was the lowest on record. 

The median rental rate for retail space in the third quarter of last year was the lowest on record, falling to $9.82 per sq ft per month for the Orchard Road area – the first time it fell below $10, according to URA data.

Naiise has five other stores in malls such as Westgate and 112 Katong, which offer self-collection services for online orders. Its online plus offline strategy has paid off, with its six retail stores combined now generating more revenue than its online store.

 

HipVan co-founder Danny Tan, 33, said the retail slump has benefited his business, which now occupies the space formerly rented by sportswear brand Adidas. The store is seven times larger than HipVan’s previous pop-up space in Millenia Walk and Suntec City. It features more than 1,000 of HipVan’s bestsellers, including beds, dining tables and rugs. Its website attracts 200,000 to 300,000 views a month, while revenue has been growing by 12 per cent on average every month.

Meanwhile, high-end fashion retailer Reebonz, whose lease for its pop-up boutique in Suntec ends next year, is moving into its own eight-storey building in Tampines this month. The building will house a permanent showroom.

Good Take-up at Guoco Tower space

TECH and media companies are making their presence felt at Guoco Tower in Tanjong Pagar, accounting for 37 per cent of the space that has already been committed.

The premium Grade A office component of Tanjong Pagar Centre, a mixed-development project being built by the listed GuocoLand group, has 890,000 sq ft net lettable area of which 80 per cent or some 712,000 sq ft is either taken up or subject of advanced leasing discussions. Of this space, approximately 263,000 sq ft has been committed by tech and media companies, including Amadeus and OpenLink.

Earlier media reports also tipped Agoda, Dentsu Aegis Network, Palo Alto Networks, ING, Itochu Singapore, and SAS Singapore as heading for Guoco Tower. Dentsu Aegis is expected to be the biggest tenant with about 100,000 sq ft.

GuocoLand has also named as new tenants The Straits Trading Company, which will be moving out of 9 Battery Road; Danone, which is exiting Goldbell Towers along Scotts Road; shoemaker Asics, which will be leaving PWC Building; and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which is exiting three locations.

The offices, which received Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) last month, are on the lower 38 levels of the 64-storey tower, which is Singapore’s tallest building at 290 metres. Levels 39 and upwards of this tower comprise the 181-unit Wallich Residence. A second tower houses the 222-room Sofitel Singapore City Centre. Both of these components are expected to receive TOP between late this year and early 2017. The project also has a retail component, part of which has already received TOP.

Guoco Tower is counting on its prime location, flexible, efficient and scalable design, Tanjong Pagar Centre’s tightly integrated retail and lifestyle components, and of course, the prestige factor of being in Singapore’s tallest building as its selling points.

Most of the MNCs in Guoco Tower will be using it as their regional headquarters with average headcounts of 300 to 500 persons, coupled with relocations of many of their senior management staff from their other headquarters or regional offices to Singapore.

This would create a lot of demand for F&B, services, hotels and even housing in the area and catalyse Tanjong Pagar’s transformation. The gross effective monthly rents at Guoco Tower are estimated to be between S$8.50 and S$11.00 per square foot – comfortably above the average of S$7 to S$8 psf in the Tanjong Pagar office micromarket, and comparable to other premium Grade A developments in Marina Bay.

 

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail on track

Announced in the middle of 2016, the highly-anticipated project in the coming decade between the neighbours Malaysia and Singapore are expected to be ready in 10 years’ time. Travellers can travel to KL from Singapore in just 90 mins by the High- Speed Rail (HSR).

The terminus in Singapore will be in Jurong East, while the one in Malaysia will be at Bandar Malaysia.  According to reports, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri are among the transit stops.

This will spell good news for tourists and the locals alike though it may affect coach businesses across the causeway. Developers and property owners of sites near to the stations will also benefit from the development.

Funan closed for revitalization

Funan DigitaLife Mall, which was closed this July, will undergo three years of redevelopment works, according to CapitaLand Mall Trust Management on Jul 22.

This is to enhance the site’s attractiveness as a lifestyle destination in the revitalised Civic and Cultural District in Singapore. The mall will reopen in 3 years’ time and will cost $560m. it will yield 887,000 sqft of floor space, double the current size. It will be a mixed use complex of 2 office towers, serviced residences and retail components.

LVS looking to offload MBS mall next year

Owner of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Las Vegas Sands (LVS), is looking to put up Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) next year. The exclusive rights for LVS to operate the mall MBS was granted from 2007-2017, so that the operator can recoup the billions of dollars in construction costs and investment.  The same right has been given to Genting Singapore for Resorts World Sentosa.

The sale of the mall however is subjected to government approval. The operating income is assumed at around US$150m and the valuation of the mall is approximately US$4-5b based on 3-4% cap rate. In first quarter, the mall revenue is at US$39m, hotel room revenue at US$88.9m and Convention/retail/other revenue at US$46m, according to MBS reports.

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New sites for Keppel Club replacement

By 2021, Keppel Club has to vacate its current premises. It is exploring offshore places including Batam for its golf options. Other options include tie up with Hollandse Club along  Adam Road. Sites offered to Keppel Club includes venues in Seletar Aerospace Park, Bt Batok West Avenue near Tengah, Yishun Avenue 1 near Orchid Country Club.

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Scheme for underground links in Orchard Road

Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has scheme that provide cash grants for malls to build underground links along Orchard Road. The incentive started in 2004 and gives up to $28.7k psm for the construction of underground walkways. However there are little take up for the incentive. The biggest obstacle cited is cost, among other challenges.  Another challenge is the fear among malls that the links will allow flow to competitors.

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The Lion City ranks as the most popular destination after Bangkok.

According to a new Mastercard report for international visitors, Singapore is the most popular destination among Asia-Pacfiic spots after the capital city of Thailand.  The Thai capital attracted 21.9 million  visitors last year while Singapore draw 11.86m visitors.  Tokyo was next with 11.76m. Thailand dominated the top 10 locations by adding Phuket and Pattaya at 5th and 8th positions.

The top sources of visitors for Singapore were Indonesia, China and India. Visitors here spent $14.1b last year.

The tourist industry in Asia Pacific is the largest in the world.

On a separate note, Singapore’s Changi Airport bounced off from a weak start to 2015 to a record of 55.4m passengers passing through the airport.

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Shophouse for rent at Prinsep/Dhoby Ghaut area

Prime location at famous chillout place, at the Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah vicinity. 2600-4500 sqft. Rental @ $30K onwards. Suitable for F&B, pub and restaurant space. Call David @ 94772121  for more details.

http://www.sgbayhomes.com/19322258

Prinsep Street