Pedestrianising will only worsen woes of malls

Shopping is no longer restricted to Orchard Road, where premium shops and foodcourts charge premium prices.

With big shopping malls sprouting up in neighbourhood centres and within walking distance of homes, there is little incentive to go down to Orchard Road.

The people who can afford premium shopping tend to be those who drive.

If they cannot drive to Orchard Road to shop, they might as well visit their neighbourhood malls.

The large crowds which are expected to come about with pedestrianising Orchard Road are more likely to be there to socialise and soak up the atmosphere than to shop.

Pedestrianising Orchard Road is going to do little to help the shopping malls along that road.

Ronnie Lim Ah Bee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2017, with the headline 'Pedestrianising will only worsen woes of malls'. Print Edition | Subscribe