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Funan DigitaLife Mall (Chinese: 福南数码活力广场), also known as Funan The IT Mall (Chinese: 福南科技广场) or simply Funan Centre (Chinese: 福南中心), is a shopping centre located near the Civic District in Singapore. Specialising in electronics and IT-related goods, it is a more upmarket competitor of Sim Lim Square, the latter of which caters more to the general masses.[1]

There are a total of 178 outlets spread over six floors. Challenger Superstore occupies almost the entirety of the sixth floor, and is accompanied by other anchor tenants such as Harvey Norman in the other floors.

HistoryEdit

The mall opened in 1985 as Funan Centre as a general shopping centre, which provided more options for shoppers to shop at other than Orchard Road.[2] In the early 90s, the mall began to attract a critical mass of electronic and IT retailers over the years. Its main and long-time anchor tenant is Challenger Superstore, a major homegrown IT store established in 1984. In 1992, the mall was refurbished. It later adopted the name Funan The IT Mall in 1997 to reflect its current focus on IT related outlets. In 2005, the mall received minor upgrades, and was again renamed to Funan DigitaLife Mall. VR-10 Returns was held there in 2008.

Decline and redevelopmentEdit

Due to the popularity of online shopping, business at the mall has been declining over the past few years, forcing tenants to close down shop. The mall was initially planned to be renovated in 2014. However, it was later slated for demolition. The last day of mall operation was 30 June 2016; thereafter the building will be demolished and redeveloped. All tenants are already relocated.

Affected tenants have the option to move to Sim Lim Square, Rivervale Mall, JCube (several underutilised shops), Bugis Junction (former cinema) and Raffles City, to increase their popularity of the malls. Challenger flagship store will be moving to either Bedok Point, Changi City Point or Suntec City.

On 30 June 2016, certificates will be given out to last people as a token of appreciation. Demolition works will begin on 10 July 2016.

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