Marina Square

Marina Square

Things To Know About The History Of Marina Square

Marina Square is a Singapore shopping mall that first opened in the late 1980s. It was the country’s largest shopping mall – every time and was part of the first building complex erected on the reclaimed ground at Marina Square. The Mandarin Oriental, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, and The Pan Pacific Singapore are among the three hotels in the complex.

Marina Square Shops


When it first opened in 1986, it was Singapore’s largest shopping mall, with 59,000 square metres of store space. To improve – accessibility – extra bus routes were extended to Marina Centre. It had massive tenants – Tokyu department store and Metro department store in the late 1980s and 1990s, an open-air food court, a Magic Land arcade, and a double Eng Wah Cinema that closed in 1993.

Kmart, an American retailer, took over the Tokyu shop and got – eventually replaced by MegaMart. The Marina Leisureplex, which includes a six-screen Golden Village cineplex, a Superbowl arcade, and a bowling alley, opened in September 1996 at the mall’s eastern end.

Marina Square Arts


The mall’s first massive renovations began in early 2004 and finished in mid-2006. The mall layout – was rearranged and rebuilt, and the outdoor food court gets – changed to an air-conditioned one. It brought the total shop space to 65,000 square metres. On the third floor, various furniture stores got launched as part of a new retail strategy. Accessibility has also improved with the addition of more lifts and escalators. The mall has completed its second refurbishment, bringing its total floor area to 100,000 square metres and a new tenant mix. 

Marina Square Interior

Phases of the mall:

The mall’s east wing was renovated in phase three, resulting in the closure of the Marina Leisureplex (GV Marina Square) and the John Little department store.

Both tenants left the mall in 2014, and PSB Academy’s mega city campus took their place. At the end of 2016, PSB Academy began to open in stages. A cluster of IT stores displaced by the collapse of Funan Digitalife Mall debuted in August 2016, occupying the third floor of the East Wing. They contain exclusive outlets for massive computer and laptop manufacturers such as HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, and Lenovo, offered by local merchant Newstead, which closed in 2019 after filing for bankruptcy. Emporium Shokuhin closed in September 2018, and Kiztopia, an 18,000-square-foot indoor playground, took over the location and opened on June 15, 2019.

Transportation by bus

Raffles Avenue (Esplanade Theatre and The Float at Marina Bay), Raffles Boulevard (Pan Pacific Singapore), Esplanade Drive (near One Raffles Link), and Temasek Boulevard (near One Raffles Link) are all bus stops (Suntec Convention Centre). City Sightseeing Singapore used to run along Raffles Avenue until 2010 it was replaced by T8 (The Original Tour), later renamed T1. 

From 1985 to 2003, the bus stop at Esplanade was known opposite Marina Square – before being renamed The Esplanade in 2003. Gray Line Worldwide bus routes stop here as well. The bus stop pole got updated in phases – the first was in 1996 (to four columns) and the second in 2007. (to 5 columns).

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