Uniqlo and Starbucks are our favourites, ST readers say in poll

Shoppers at NTUC Fairprice in Rivervale Plaza. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG  
Shoppers at NTUC Fairprice in Rivervale Plaza. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG  
Shoppers browsing at clothes in fast fashion store Uniqlo at ION Orchard. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
Shoppers browsing at clothes in fast fashion store Uniqlo at ION Orchard. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
Starbucks Coffee patrons at the Bugis Junction outlet. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Starbucks Coffee patrons at the Bugis Junction outlet. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE - Japanese casual fashion chain Uniqlo, Starbucks cafe, and NTUC FairPrice supermarket. These are some of the stores that The Straits Times readers want to see in malls here.

Ubiquitous they may be, these well-established brands were chosen by the majority of about 500 readers responding to an online survey put up on straitstimes.com on Tuesday morning.

By Wednesday morning, Uniqlo got 224 votes (43%) for the favourite clothing store, while H&M came in second with 146 votes (28%). NTUC Fairprice pipped Cold Storage with 283 votes (54%) to 136 (26%), and Starbucks led the coffee joints with 287 readers (55%) voting for it. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf came next with 119 votes (23%).

Other top shops chosen by readers are fast food chain McDonald's (35%), and sportswear brand Nike (37%). But Adidas was chomping at Nike's heels with 186 votes (35%) and other fast food restaurants also proved quite popular. Mos Burger came in second with 108 votes (21%), KFC, Burger King and Carl's Jr all had more than 50 votes each (about 10%).

Malls are using anchor tenants such as Uniqlo and H&M to draw customers, The Straits Times reported on Tuesday. Stores popular with shoppers are opening up more branches, even as the retail scene becomes more competitive.

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