Thailand-based omni-channel fashion brand Pomelo has opened its first standalone store outside Thailand at 313@Somerset.
The 6,000 sq ft store offers innovative tech-enabled features including a virtual system for customers to pick up their orders and book fitting rooms.
Launched in 2013, Pomelo is a modern fashion brand born in Asia with a global mindset: on-trend, online, on-the-go. With an undisputable sense of style at an unparalleled price, Pomelo aims to offer women everywhere their best look to become their best selves.
Lifestyle company Zouk Group have announced that they will be launching US Burger Joint, Five Guys in Singapore.
The Five Guys franchise outlet is slated to open in the last quarter of this year in a "central" area.
In 1986, Five Guys opened its first location in Arlington, Virginia as a family-run restaurant named after five brothers.
Five Guys founder Jerry Murrell's mother always told him, "If you can give a good haircut or if you can serve a good drink at a bar or if you can serve a good hamburger, you can always make money in America."
Unboxed by Singtel is an unmanned 24/7 store designed to introduce customers to a new retail experience featuring the convenience of digital technology in a friendly store environment.
In a first for Singapore, customers can consult with a roving live bot, which is powered by facial recognition technology, to receive personalised recommendations; try out phones; conveniently sign up for mobile plans at video-assisted self-serve kiosks; and immediately collect their purchased devices from the in-store POPStation. Additionally, customers can browse and buy popular accessories such as headphones, phone cases, power banks and contract-free handsets. They can also make bill payments, top up prepaid cards and Dash wallets, and get instant SIM card replacements.
“The future of retail is here and now. Our digital transformation integrates online and offline customer touchpoints to deliver fresh and fuss-free buying experiences to consumers. UNBOXED fulfils the needs of today’s consumer and provides a peek into the next-generation of retail – fast, instant, convenient and experiential,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
Currently based in the CBD at 20 Pickering Street, the store is modular and movable. Measuring 45 sq m when fully extended, it can be easily transported and reconfigured to fit different spaces. The store will move to a new location every few months to serve customers at high-traffic areas such as transport hubs and school campuses.
Co-created by Singtel staff, NCS and SingPost, security for the store is provided by NCS which developed a round-the-clock security platform called Sentinel while the POPStation lockers are prefilled with devices and replenished daily using SingPost’s Last Mile Platform (“LaMP”).
Unboxed by Singtel builds on the success of the digital transformation of Singtel’s flagship Comcentre store. It offers one of the most intelligent retail experiences in Asia, featuring an intelligent WiFi queuing system, integrated online and in-store shopping carts, and instant purchases via automated checkout. The store consistently receives an average of 99% positive customer experience scores and has won multiple accolades for its innovative approach to retail.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery is an artisanal boulangerie founded in 2010, Taiwan, famous for its award-winning bread collection ‘Lychee Rose Royale’ and 'Red Wine Longan' bread. Created by Master Wu Pao Chun who won the prestigious title of ‘Master Baker’ in 2010 Coupe Du Monde la Boulangerie for his mastery and creativity, the bakery has been a must-go destination for both tourists and locals in Taiwan, vying to taste and experience the crafts of a world champion. From a farm boy with humble beginnings, Master Wu’s story has been an inspiration, with many hailing him as the ‘Pride of Taiwan’.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery's first flagship store in South East Asia is now open at the heritage-rich Capitol Piazza. Be invited to a livery view of chefs’ in kitchen along with an exemplary curation of the brand’s best-selling and exclusive local bread collection, including the award-winning champion breads and pineapple cakes right here in our little red dot.
Malaysian bakery chain Lavender has expanded to Singapore. Bringing their most popular bakes to their newly-opened Singapore outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, fans from Singapore no longer need to cross the border for their delicious creations.
Lavender is an artisanal bakery and patisserie. Using Japanese and French pastry making techniques, the bakery creates premium quality desserts and baked goods that not only nourish the body, but also delight the senses.
Working closely with local farmers and various purveyors, the bakery ensures that only safe and quality ingredients are used in their products.
Say hello to the iconic Gram Café & Pancakes from Osaka with their famous long queues, set to stir up a soufflé pancake storm in Singapore! You’ve seen them all over: mesmerizing, wobbly towers of incredibly fluffy pancakes. Now, you get to taste them. Hailing from Osaka, Japan, the most famous soufflé pancakes specialist, Gram Café & Pancakes has finally arrived at VivoCity.
At Gram, pancakes are passion. As the original of all Japanese Instagrammable soufflé pancakes, Gram serves up impossibly fluffy Japanese pancakes you will soon be obsessed with. Smell them before you see them. Walk into Gram and the first thing you will notice is the strong and irresistible aroma of butter and sweet maple syrup which will unwittingly pull you into the mood for their pancakes.
Pancakes at Gram are slow-cooked on low heat and whipped full of air, resulting in a fluffy texture befitting of a cloud or cotton candy. They are delicious in their simplicity, depending only on premium ingredients, masterful technique, and a bit of butter and syrup to make the pancakes shine.
Soft, airy and oh-so-fluffy, Gram’s soufflé pancakes are a pancake connoisseur’s dream come true. When served, three lofty wobbly discs are stacked altogether making an impressive tower of gravity-defying pancakes. Watch them jiggle and dance captivatingly in front of you before you dig in.
A swanky new store at Marina Bay Sands awaits Fashionistas.
Switzerland-based fashion house Philipp Plein has set up their very 1st Singapore boutique.
German designer Philipp Plein founded his namesake luxury fashion brand in 2008. Based in Switzerland, the collection comprises men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. It is distinguished by an unconventional and non-conformist style combined with impeccable craftsmanship.
Philipp Plein collections are fun, provocative and always luxurious, with an attention to craftsmanship that is rarely matched within the industry. The Philipp Plein brand and lifestyle are a tribute to the passionate individualist who transforms their innermost desires into reality, who makes a daily promise to live their dreams.
Kind Kones is an all-natural vegan ice cream parlour at Forum The Shopping Mall. Their ice creams are vegan and free from dairy, refined sugar, soy, gluten, and other artificial additives. The shop also serves a selection of desserts that are healthier alternatives to conventional versions usually loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats.
Kind Kones strives to provide a better way to indulge in sweet treats guided by a philosophy of being kind to your body, the environment and to others.
A&W® Restaurants has officially opened their newest outlet at Jewel Changi Airport. The 80-seater restaurant, located at Basement 2 of the mall, will operate 24/7 for a start to serve the area’s local footfall as well as travellers going through Singapore Changi Airport.
The outlet’s retro interior design boasts attitude, encapsulating evergreen joys that come from simple and delicious moments. Vintage American neon signs, an A&W®Root Beer Hop-lady heritage poster, a life-sized Rooty® – The Great Root Bear, and an authentic A&W® Root Beer barrel chair add to the new restaurant’s ‘hip nostalgia’ ambience.
“In Singapore, A&W® holds a special place in the hearts of many, who now associate visits to A&W® Restaurants with very fond childhood memories,” said Kelvin Tan, Director of Marketing & Communication. “Making our comeback into the Singapore market, we are very excited to be finally offering our well-loved classics again, alongside some newer favourites from around the world to cater to the market’s international footfall, as well as to Singapore’s evolved tastes and preferences.”
Something special is brewing. Having opened its very first outlet in 2013, The Alley has made waves with their iconic Brown Sugar Deerioca Series. With over 300 outlets around the world, The Alley is finally making its mark in Singapore with their first flagship store, and first ever premium concept – The Alley Luxe, opening at Cineleisure this April!
The Alley is proud to offer tapioca pearls made by hand and with heart. The Alley welcomes you to watch as they prepare our tapioca from scratch: from the measuring, sifting, and mixing of ingredients to the formation of the pearl-shaped tapioca. Through this manual performance, they deliver soft, chewy tapioca available in various unique flavours.
Every beverage from The Alley has a story of more than 500 days starting from the harvest of the tea leaves, the processing and aging of the leaves, the infusion of flavours to the selection of ingredients and their ratios. Their distinctive drinks are attributed to this process, in order for you to enjoy only the finest flavours. With each cup comes its own aroma, taste, and character.
The Alley Luxe at Cineleisure will also be serving up an array of exquisite baked treats such as croissants, cruffins and kouign-amann. You can opt to take-away or dine-in to savour these buttery treats with the signature beverages.
Hong Kong avant-garde eyewear fashion brand Mujosh has opened their first Singapore outlet at Wisma Atria
Established in 2010, Mujosh infused their unique elements and styles into their designs and they also aim to be a differentiator in the fashion industry competing on superior design, strong fashion themes and trendsetting marketing.
Michelin recommended Hong Kong brand, Chee Kei, has finally landed in Changi Airport's Terminal 2. Chee Kei is well-known for mastering the fine art of wonton noodles and authentic Cantonese comfort food. It is even better that it is located in the Public Area of the airport and it is open 24-hours daily, all year round.
In 1994, the original Chee Kei shop opened on Russell Street in Causeway Bay, opposite to Times Square. In 2006, the branch relocated to Percival Street. Chee Kei is the lone “wonton noodle shop survivor” in the prime Causeway Bay area among high-end retail stores - a great testament to their quality and popularity. Today, you will find Chee Kei branches in several prime locations. Their restaurants collectively fulfill their mission to connect people through the rich history and mouthwatering taste of Cantonese cuisine.
Chee Kei aims to keep Hong Kong tradition alive by providing an elevated authentic experience of Cantonese food.
Calling cereal lovers of Singapore; Kellogg’s very first Cereal Kafe in Southeast Asia is now open in FairPrice Xtra, Ang Mo Kio Hub.
Enjoy cereals the classic way with milk and a choice of goji berries / dried cranberry or if you’re feeling adventurous, their heavenly desserts served with yoghurt and delicious pastries from cupcakes to muffins are all available.
Little Caesars Pizza, proudly serving delicious products since 1959 has now arrived in Singapore. Tantalise your taste buds with the variety of flavours and if you're in a hurry? Not to worry! Get a delicious Hot-N-Ready. No waiting time.
Local lifestyle e-commerce brand IUIGA will celebrate the grand opening of its first permanent Retail+ store at Causeway Point on 1 December, Saturday.
Following the success of its pop-up outlets, this opening is IUIGA’s foray into a permanent store and marks the first of its ten retail outlets to open islandwide. Upcoming Retail+ stores will include locations such as Tampines One, Paya Lebar Quarter and Funan Mall.
Customers at IUIGA’s Retail+ stores are required to pre-register to unlock the full digital shopping experience, which allows them easy access to product information using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, cashless payment options and location-based store recommendations from the IUIGA app. Products added to a customers’ e-cart can be checked out without the need to key in home delivery details as the system already has the purchasers’home address on record. E-receipts are also emailed upon order completion, allowing IUIGA to go completely paperless. These features of the store effectively render unsustainable paper waste, heavy shopping baskets and payment queues a thing of the past.
According to research conducted by Euromonitor, Singaporean consumers' eager adoption and use of technology have resulted in the development of new consumer habits such as "showrooming", whereby customers visit retail stores to try out products before making their purchaes online. To address such shifts in retailing in Singapore, IUIGA has capitalised on smart techonologies for an innovative and smartphone-powered retail exeprience where customers can put IUIGA's products to test.
A popular churros brand which started in the Philippines, Churreria La Lola will soon make their Singapore debut at Clarke Quay Central.
The Brazilian-inspired food-retailing concept has a long list of branches all over the Philippines and the Singapore branch is their first international outpost.
At Churreria La Lola, they want to spread happiness one churro at a time. Their products are made from scratch with the best ingredients, cooked fresh upon order and fried in 100% olive oil. Read more about the brand here.
China’s most popular fruit tea and bakery cafe trend-leader, Nayuki is opening their 1st overseas store at VivoCity this December.
Nayuki, is the first brand to popularize fruits-based cheese tea and fruits tea with award-winning premium teas. Reinventing the traditional tea drinking culture, they pioneered the lifestyle of pairing tea-drinking and savouring Soft Euro-inspired bakes.
The pairing of fresh fruits and award-winning premium teas was a move deemed adventurous by many in the beginning, but have since proved otherwise.
The Shenzhen-born brand has over 100 stores across China.
Founded in 1960, Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam is a popular joint in Bangkok serving up a Thai version of Hainanese chicken rice. Their first overseas outpost is now open in Singapore at NEX and rebranded here as Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice.
This casual eatery was among those that received the Michelin Bib Gourmand award in the city’s inaugural Michelin Guide edition last year.
In their homeland, Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam is located near Bangkok’s popular shopping haven, the Pratunam District and is is very popular among tourists.