betty July 22, 2022

SINGAPORE – Snaking queues formed outside the entrances of department store OG at Orchard Point on Friday morning (July 22), the day after the retailer announced it would be shutting the outlet in October. 

There were around 50 people each at the store’s two main entrances. Queues started forming just before it opened at 11am. 

Customers entered in an orderly fashion, with most flocking to the first level’s womenswear section, and the fourth floor’s homeware and electronics sections. 

OG said on Thursday (July 21) that it would be shutting the Orchard Point outlet after an 18-year run to make way for a new store specialising in fresh food and grocery.

It did not reveal the name of the new tenant taking over the space.

The Orchard Road stalwart, which sits between The Centrepoint and Orchard Plaza, also announced a moving-out sale on its Facebook page, with clearance deals of up to 90 per cent off.

Among the customers picking up deals was Ms Aisyah Binsmit, 45, who is self-employed. She had seen the news about the store’s closing from messages circulating in her WhatsApp groups.

“I was not planning to come down today, but I missed the Robinsons and Isetan closing sales, so I thought I would swing by,” said Ms Aisyah, who bought shoes and a wallet during her shopping trip. 

Robinsons had closed its remaining two department stores at The Heeren in December 2020 and at Raffles City in January 2021, while Japanese retail giant Isetan shut down its Westgate store in Jurong East in 2020 and its Parkway Parade outlet in March this year.

Ms Aisyah lamented the loss of department stores, which she said are a one-stop shop. 

“All the department stores are closing one by one; it’s so sad,” she said. “I’m old school, I don’t do boutiques… This is familiar and easy and quick.”