Jurong Entertainment Centre

Coordinates: 1°19′59.95″N 103°44′23.91″E / 1.3333194°N 103.739975°E / 1.3333194; 103.739975

The Jurong Entertainment Centre (Chinese: 裕廊娱乐中心) was a shopping centre located in Jurong East, Singapore. It was closed and demolished and a new shopping mall named JCube is planned to replace it.

The shopping centre was built in 1993, and has a net lettable retail floor area of 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2). It features Fuji Ice Palace, one of the only two ice rinks in Singapore, a shopping centre, restaurants, and an amusement arcade. In 2000, it was converted into a cineplex, with a total of six screens, operated by the Shaw Organisation. The shopping centre is located near the Science Centre and is within walking distance from Jurong East MRT Station.

Redevelopment

The Jurong Entertainment Centre closed for redevelopment in October 2008 and was expected to be completed by Q4 2009. The S$138.2 million asset enhancement work planned will house Singapore’s first Olympic-size ice skating rink. Other asset enhancement includes a newly created floor where the present cineplex will be relocate to. The retail space on all floors will also be reconfigured so as to maximise the efficiency at the mall. In addition, a rooftop landscaped garden will be constructed on the top level.

However, due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and high construction costs, the redevelopment programme was delayed. The building was completely demolished in February 2010.

On May 21, 2010, CapitaMall Trust held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new mall on the site of the former Jurong Entertainment Centre. The 204,000 square feet (19,000 m2) new mall, named JCube, will comprise five levels of retail, two basement levels of car park and a rooftop landscaped plaza. The JCube is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012, and will be managed by CapitaMalls Asia.

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