It looks like The Centrepoint will soon become a destination for sports enthusiasts when Decathlon becomes its new anchor tenant in early 2020.
The French sporting goods chain will replace Metro department store, which has taken up six stories of the mall since 2014. It’s not the most bustling building in Orchard, but perhaps the stores will get more foot traffic now that Decathlon and its affordable line of products are heading their way.
According to The Straits Times, Metro staff will have their last day of work at The Centrepoint on Sept 15.
Frasers Property announced its partnership with Decathlon in a statement yesterday as part of plans to introduce better experiences to the 36-year-old shopping center which, let’s be honest, probably needs an influx of people to survive.
This would mark Decathlon’s first outlet along the Orchard Road shopping belt since its Singapore debut in Bedok’s Viva Business Park in 2016. Since then, it has expanded across the island, opening six stores in the country, with its biggest yet in Kallang.
The brand’s plans to inject new experiences at The Centrepoint include hosting Zumba and yoga classes, as well as sports talks, according to Decathlon Singapore managing director Nils Swolkien. The company is also thinking of incorporating virtual simulations and augmented reality experiences for shoppers.
On a side note, Decathlon said it’s planning to have an outlet at Punggol’s Waterway Point mall, which is also owned by Frasers Property. No specifics on when it’s slated to open though, so watch this space for updates.