- The Verge (shopping mall)
The Verge Location Little India, Singapore Opening date 2003 Developer - Management - Owner - No. of stores and services 12 No. of anchor tenants 1 Total retail floor area - Parking - No. of floors 8, including 2 basement floors (main building)
7 (Chill @ The Verge)
The Verge, formerly Tekka Mall, (Chinese: 德卡廊), is the first and largest modern shopping mall at the Little India precinct in Singapore, being opened in 2003. The Verge has two buildings, the main building and Chill @ (The Verge). It is located on the southern part of Little India, with the main building is located on the junction of Serangoon Road and Sungei Road and the Chill @ The Verge is located on the junction of Perak Road and Sungei Road. Both of the buildings are separated by Clive Road and the mall lies opposite of Tekka Centre across Serangoon Road. On 16 July 2008, the mall was revamped, which also brought about the name change from Tekka Mall to The Verge.
The Verge was built on the site of the old Kandang Kerbau Market, which was torn down in 1982 to make way for the construction of The Verge, then known as Tekka Mall.
Despite being the first shopping mall in Little India, many tenants had a hard time doing business in the mall, with a number of them closing down their outlet. To improve this situation, Tekka Mall was refurbished to give it a more contemporary and brighter feel, with the mall also being renamed to The Verge. Also, it will be transform into an IT, lifestyle and F&B hub. Currently, discussion are underway to secure a number of electronics outlets. For the adjoining block, it underwent a makeover to target the youths, being renamed to Chill @ The Verge. The makeover was completed in 2009.
Although it is considered the main building, it is about half the size of the Chill @ The Verge. Before the makeover, tenants in the main building were mainly thrift shops, ranging from jewellery to household items to clothings. There are also some food shops, a music school, a betting outlet, some travel agencies, a department store, a fresh market and a money changer. There was once a Burger King outlet at basement 1 but it has closed down due to lack of business. After the makeover, most of the shops are new tenants. Sheng Siong Hypermarket now occupies the basement of the mall. A food court and a furniture store also opened at The Verge.
Chill @ The Verge
Bigger than the main building, the Chill @ The Verge was once occupied by Sheng Siong before it moved its operations to the Main Building. Chill @ The Verge also has a car park located on levels 3 to 7 and a loading and unloading bay.
One can walk between the main building and the Chill @ The Verge either by crossing the road that separates the two buildings or use any of the three link bridges located on levels 2, 5 and 6 of both buildings.
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