Pokémon store, Shake Shack and A&W among big names at Changi Airport's Jewel

In this Thursday, June 14, 2018, Pikachu and Eevee stand at Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Changi Airport’s Jewel – to be opened in the first half of 2019 – is set to feature over 280 shops and eateries, including a Pokémon concept store as well as popular American fast food chains A&W and Shake Shack.

The $1.75 billion mega retail and lifestyle property will showcase 60 per cent “new-to-Changi” brands and over 30 per cent F&B operators, according to a press release issued on Thursday (11 October).

For starters, the Pokémon Center Singapore at Jewel will be the brand’s only permanent retail store outside of Japan. It will offer Pokémon merchandise sold in Japan as well as original merchandise exclusively created for Jewel, such as toys, stationery, Pokémon Trading Card games, and video games.

Shake Shack’s upcoming restaurant in Jewel is its first in Singapore while A&W is making its return to the Republic since it closed here more than 10 years ago.

Swiss artisanal chocolatier Läderach will also launch its first Southeast Asian outlet in the 10-storey complex, while Nike will open its largest outlet in the region.

Local brands that will set up shop at Jewel also include Tiger Beer, which will unveil a “first in the world” F&B concept store, and local retailers Naiise and Supermama.

“Grand dame of Singapore cooking” Violet Oon’s largest restaurant to date will also open in the complex.

With an area of 350 sqm, the restaurant will feature popular local delicacies such as dry laksa, beef rendang, satays and roti jala. Food souvenirs such as gula melaka cakes or pineapple tarts will also be sold.

Hung Jean, chief executive officer of Jewel Changi Airport Devt, said, “Our thoughtfully curated tenant mix reflects Jewel’s aspiration to be a place where ‘Singapore Meets the World, and the World Meets Singapore’. We hope to showcase Singapore to the world, positioning it as the platform where local brands will be exposed to an international audience; while simultaneously bringing new and familiar global brands to Singapore.”

Directed connected to Terminal 1, Jewel will also be home to a 14,000 sqm rooftop park, called the Canopy Park, and a dome-shaped structure made of glass and steel.

The complex will also be linked to Terminal 2 and 3 via air-conditioned pedestrian bridges.

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