ION Orchard Opening - Alvinology

ION Orchard Opening

After two and a half years from it’s ground breaking in 2006, ION Orchard finally had it’s soft opening on Tuesday. More than 70 per cent of its 335 stores will be new in Singapore, including jewellers-to-the-stars Harry Winston, Chinese sportswear retailer Li-Ning and Steve Madden Shoes.

The mega mall is part of a $2-billion retail and residential development called Orchard Turn, a joint venture between CapitaLand and Sun Hung Kai Properties.

About 70 per cent of the stores were open on Tuesday during the soft opening. It’s official opening is in October, by which 90 per cent of the stores will be open. The remaining 10 percent will open by next year.

The eight-storey mall is within a 218m-tall, 56-storey luxury building. The other 48 floors will contain 175 high-end apartments called The Orchard Residences. You can read more about ION Orchard via it’s official website or this article on Straits Times.com.

Rachel and I went to check it out on the first day. Below are some photos which I took:

Modern and chic interior decor
Modern and chic interior decor
Another picture of the interior
Another picture of the interior
Store that sells Japanese art and craft stuff
Store that sells Japanese art and craft stuff
Store selling nicely packaged Japanese tidbits and other food items
Store selling nicely packaged Japanese tidbits and other food items
Royce chocolate! The store is not as posh as the one in Japan, but still classy looking
Royce chocolate! The store is not as posh asin Japan, but still classy
Food kiosk selling Peking duck and roasted suckling pig
Food kiosk selling Peking duck and roasted suckling pig
Muji store besides the escalator
Muji store besides the escalator
High-class Burger King: Burger King Studio
High-class Burger King: Burger King Studio
Inside Burger King Studio
Inside Burger King Studio
Touch-screen mall directory - this should be the first in Singapore
Touch-screen mall directory - this should be the first in Singapore
I am assuming this belongs to BreadTalk; if not, its a really pathetic copycat with no imagination
I assume this belongs to BreadTalk; if not, it's a pathetic copycat with no creativity
This is finally here in Singapore
This is finally here in Singapore
Nice visual merchandising; I forgot which store this was though
Nice visual merchandising; I forgot which store this was though
Steve Madden Shoes which made Rachel goes gaga
Steve Madden Shoes which made Rachel goes gaga
Steven Madden interior
Steven Madden interior
China sports brand, Li Ning
China sports brand, Li Ning
Omega store
Omega store
Cartier store - we saw lots of people buying stuff from here on the first day
Cartier store - we saw lots of people buying stuff from here on the first day
Sephora store
Sephora store
Miu Miu store
Miu Miu store
Display outside YSL store
Display outside YSL store

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