(October 2015 update – we have updated some details in our post to reflect some changes that have taken place since the opening of Big Box in 2014)
Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall has opened for business today, thereby completing the shopping trilogy (together with Jem and Westgate) that has unfolded in the Jurong East Area. With the Ng Teng Fong Hospital in its final stages of construction, it seems that this area around the Jurong East MRT Station will be teeming with activity in 2015. The MRT station and these buildings are conveniently interlinked by a series of covered walkways, aptly called ” the J Walk”. As usual, the main interest of the ordinary patrons is the food options at the new Big Box mall and so we went down to Jurong East today to check out the place.
There is one word to describe the Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall: “BIG”! It is a huge place. The footprint of the building must be at least twice the size of its immediate neighbour, the Jem Shopping Mall. The two buildings are connected by a bridge across the road in between. You can get to Big Box from Jem and vice versa using the bridge from the second level of the malls. We checked out the restaurants to see what to eat at Big Box and there was only one word to describe the level of dining options here: “basic”.
It seems that 2014 will be remembered as the year of new suburban malls. Thus far, we have witnessed the opening of Seletar Mall, HillV2, One KM Mall, Aperia Mall, Paya Lebar Square, East Village Mall and East Point Mall. The noteworthy feature of the new malls that have commenced operations is the increasing proportion of space devoted to food and beverage outlets. As ordinary patrons who like to eat, this is a good development as far as we are concerned. We were therefore disappointed to see that the Big Box mall seems to stand out among the new malls this year in that eating seems to have been put on the back seat. Nevertheless, we take you on a walkabout today to see what Big Box has to offer.
As there really is not much to write about the food here, we will break with tradition and take a look at the shopping deals you can find when shopping at a warehouse retail mall as compared to a regular mall. At the end of this post, we have put up random samples of prices. We are not regular shoppers so if you can give us feedback whether the prices are indeed cheaper at a warehouse, we, as well as our readers will be grateful. First, lets take a look at what to eat at Big Box Jurong East.
Big Burger by Big Box is a burger place on level 2. If a quarter-pounder burger is not enough for you, check out the beef one-pounder!
Cafeteria by Big Box sells western and local food on level 2. It is located just at the connecting bridge with Jem. The staff were very friendly. (Oct 2015 Update – The Cafeteria has been replaced by the In & Out Cafe – see below).
Yummy Box is a massive food court on level 3 of Big Box. It is probably the largest food court in Singapore. The seating capacity is very large in the pleasant and bright dining area. You can almost fit an army in here. We show you some of the stalls.
Oct 2015 update – Shou Fuku Ramen & Tonkatsu restaurant has taken up some space within the food court.
Food Street is on the ground level. Here you can find a wide variety of food at reasonable prices. Sushi items are sold at 50 cents each.
Now that we have covered the food options, here is a quick look at the shopping options at Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall. As the name suggests, you will find retail stores here on a large (warehouse) scale. Basically, you will find clothing, household, supermarket, electronic and furniture items here. Supermarket, clothing/fashion and sports goods can be found on the ground floor (Warehouse Mart, Style Box, Leisure Box). Electronic items and gadgets as well as furniture can be found on level 2 (Electronics Box, HP Box and Home Box). More furniture and household items can be found on level 3 (Living Box).
One particular store that caught our eye is the Habitat store which has quite nice looking furniture and household accessories. The Electronics Box is also interesting as it has a large number of gadgets like headphones and computer peripherals on display.
As indicated earlier, we are curious to know whether warehouse retail is indeed a better place for us, ordinary patrons, to shop. So we have noted the price tags of some random items here – a cushion, a Dell laptop, Head and Shoulders shampoo, Fuji Xerox photocopy paper and Kingston SD cards. Are these better prices than elsewhere?
Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall
1 Venture Avenue
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 10 am to 10 pm