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Funan DigitaLife Mall, 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.

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. 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. 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. Due to the popularity of the online shopping, business at the mall has been declining over the years, forcing tenants to close down. The mall was initially planned to be renovated in 2014. However, it was later slated for demolition. The last day of the mall is on 30 June 2016.

RedevelopmentEdit

With the demolition looming on 10 July 2016, CapitaMalls had announced a landmark development replacing Funan DigitaLife Mall, called Funan. The mall will comprise the firsts in Singapore, such as dedicated cycling lane on the mall, a first-of-the-kind cinema with the sensory experiences and high tech food court with a conveyor belt system and self-ordering kiosks. It will feature a rock climbing wall, and online to offline shopping. One of the floors will be dedicated to the IT products. There will also be sports facilities such as futsal courts and the swimming pool. The mall is expected to be completed by 2019. Tenants that signed up are Kopitiam, Golden Village and Climb Central.

In April 2017, additional tenants are also announced. These include the 18,000 sq ft theatre by Wild Rice, which will seat 380 people by an innovative theatre design, Carrie K, and Keepers, a collection of Singapore artist designers. The latter two will be setting up a flagship store in the mall. 3 tenants will return - Newstead Technologies, AddOn Systems and TK Photo. Newstead will be the biggest IT anchor of the mall, taking up 15,000 sq ft with various concept stores from leading brands such as Lenovo, Asus, Acer etc. AddOn will operate Lenovo's largest service centre in Singapore and TK Photo will have a dedicated test zone for drone photography. FairPrice Finest will return as a supermarket operator, launching a futuristic supermarket that complements Funan's digital edge. The showroom is near to the Parliament House, and the Adelphi.

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