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Zouk and Singapore Flyer: Perfect for each other?

Nightspot needs new venue and ferris wheel attraction needs to turn a good profit

Published on Jun 22, 2014 7:09 AM
 

Both are modern Singapore icons whose futures are hanging in the balance.

One is facing financial woes and looking for a buyer to turn a good profit; the other is facing the threat of closure when its current lease expires. Could the Singapore Flyer provide a new home for Zouk, answering both their problems?

One man who thinks so is 67-year-old Lincoln Cheng, the founder of Zouk nightclub who has set his sights on the ferris wheel - one of the largest in the world.

"The location is just on the fringe of the Central Business District," he told The Sunday Times in an exclusive interview.

 
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ZOUK OWNER LINCOLN CHENG ON:

Singapore Flyer

"The company is in financial difficulty and can't lease the land to us until the (financial) problem is resolved... It's been a year and we are still waiting for the results."

South Beach

"The conservation building is not a big building to start with. It can never house the size of Zouk... In 2012, we were ranked No. 5 in the Top 100 club poll by DJ Mag. I thought, if I shrink the club I can never attain that kind of ranking again because the top ranking clubs are superclubs."

Old Kallang Airport

"The problem with that is the location. It's a bit far. I asked quite a few of our customers if they would drive out to Kallang if Zouk locates there and almost 100 per cent of the answers were 'no'."

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