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BooksActually
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Notable shops and stores in Singapore that have permanently closed

We say goodbye to the retail stores and outlets that will not be reopening in Phase 2

By Delfina Utomo
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For a long time, the retail industry has been facing a slump thanks to the rise of e-commerce platforms. The ongoing situation has only made matters worse, dealing the final blow to many brick-and-mortar outlets around town who could not open for months. While some might move their business online, others have decided to call it quits for now – either way, we bid these outlets goodbye and will miss browsing through their wares.

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Topshop
Photograph: Topshop

Topshop

Shopping Orchard

Closing September 17

The UK high-street super brand (together with Topman) has been a fashion presence in Singapore for two decades. But with the retail industry pivoting from Covid-19, many physical stores are closing to fully shift the business online. Topshop and Topman will close its last outlet here at VivoCity on September 17 – but you can continue to shop the collection on the webstore.

BooksActually

Shopping Bookshops Tiong Bahru

Closing in September

After 15 years of business, the friendly neighbourhood local bookstore, BooksActually is closing its physical store in Tiong Bahru. But it's not a goodbye forever – owner Kenny Leck announced on Facebook that the store is moving its business online. 

Though the business has gone fully online, BooksActually still plans on being a big part of the Singapore literary scene and will continue to organise readings and other literary happenings like the annual #BuySingLit street party, 24-Hour Bookstore and The World's Loneliest Bookstore pop-up. 

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The Tintin Shop

Shopping Chinatown

Closed in August

The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. The adventurer-journalist Tintin is seen in various forms throughout this shop on hardcover books, resin figurines, posters and more. For years the shop has attracted fans from around the world and curious passersby in Chinatown but the business has suffered during the pandemic. After failed rent negotiations with the landlord, the owners have decided to close the store permanently. It will be clearing all its inventory, with discounts of 30 percent and more. It will be operating for another two to three weeks at the current location.

Matter Prints

Shopping Fashion Bukit Timah

Closing in September

Since it started in 2014, Matter Prints sees itself as a ‘socially motivated brand’ that also takes pride in being a sustainable and conscious fashion label. It has worked with skilled artisans living in rural parts of Asia to make products from heritage-based fabrics in an ethical and thoughtful manner. Sadly, the brand had recently announced that it would be closing permanently. Good news for the fans though – since the conscious label is big on the zero waste and sustainable movement, you can still buy items and apparel on the online store until it runs out of inventory.

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Sportslink

Shopping Serangoon

Closed July 3

Sportslink started 37 years ago as a humble shop offering basic sports shoes and equipment. Venturing into the heartlands, it provided sports enthusiasts with a larger and affordable selection of sporting goods from various international brands such as Nike, Adidas, Yonex, New Balance, Converse, Kappa, Kronos and Brooks. Sadly, the homegrown sports retail chain is closing due to accumulated debts to its creditors.

Muji HK klb store
Photograph: Courtesy Muji HK

MUJI (Marina Square)

Shopping Shopping centres City Hall

Closed June 17

MUJI has always been a draw when visiting Marina Square. Who could resist its minimalist resist toiletries, apparel and furniture? Not to mention its reliable range of stationery and array of Japanese snacks to keep us going throughout the day. The outlet announced its closure in late June but there's still hope – the other MUJI outlets at Plaza Singapura, 313@Somerset, Plaza Singapura, Raffles City, Tampines 1, Ion Orchard, Paragon, Tampines, Bugis Junction, Jem, VivoCity are still open. 

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Tokyu Hands
Photograph: Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands (West Gate)

Shopping Shopping centres Jurong East

Closing on August 3

Japanese lifestyle retailer Tokyu hands will be moving out of Westgate on August 2 and ceasing operations the next day. Till then, you can still shop for beauty products, stationery and kitchenware at the Jurong branch – as well as the other Tokyu Hands outlets in Singapore that will remain open.

Esprit

Shopping Tampines

Closed June 30

Esprit has faced a slump in sales and has closed all its 56 stores located in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. However, the company will continue to operate wholesale and licensing businesses in these markets, suggesting that the brand might endure – possibly in department stores and multi-brand boutiques.

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