Parkway Parade reopens today after fire

Parkway Parade will open its doors to shoppers again today, after being closed since a fire on Sunday night. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which damaged the mall's fire protection system.
Parkway Parade will open its doors to shoppers again today, after being closed since a fire on Sunday night. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which damaged the mall's fire protection system.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Parkway Parade mall will reopen to shoppers today for the first time since a fire on Sunday night.

No one was injured in the blaze that broke out at Fox Kids and Baby, a clothing store on level two of the seven-storey mall.

However, it caused damage to the fire protection system's cabling which had to be repaired.

The mall announced the reopening on its website and Facebook page yesterday.

Retailers said they were allowed to enter the mall in Marine Parade from 11am yesterday to prepare their shops.

Staff from supermarkets Cold Storage and Giant were among those cleaning up the stores and preparing for the delivery of goods.

At least one store, however, will remain partially closed.

Isetan spokesman James Che said only the first floor of its department store - the women's section - will open for business.

The second floor - which houses the children's, men's and household sections - remains closed.

"We're still tidying up level two and hope to open two to three days later. There's still a little bit of soot," said Mr Che.

"We want to present ourselves well when we open the store."

The building and its carpark closed from Monday. Only the adjoining office tower and banks on level one opened during this period. Lend Lease, the company which runs the mall, said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Mr Allan Tan, the managing director of Dragon Brand Bird's Nest which has a store there, said he will "definitely have to ask" for compensation for loss of sales, which he estimates to be $2,000 for each day the mall was closed.

"The management has yet to ask us to meet to talk about compensation. This type of incident shouldn't have happened," he said.

Marine Parade resident Sherry Yeo, 27, a stay-at-home mother, said: "It was inconvenient without the mall as I go there often to buy my groceries and have lunch."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2016, with the headline 'Parkway Parade reopens today after fire'. Print Edition | Subscribe