Robinsons' closure: Beginning of the end for department stores?

The closure of Robinsons' store at Jem mall earlier this year was a telltale sign that all was not well.
The closure of Robinsons' store at Jem mall earlier this year was a telltale sign that all was not well.PHOTO: ROBINSON'S

The demise of one of Singapore's oldest and best-loved department stores marks the end of an era for the retail scene here.

It may also spell the beginning of the end for the one-stop-shop format, which has struggled to remain relevant among younger shoppers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2020, with the headline 'Beginning of the end for department stores?'. Print Edition | Subscribe