Mustafa 24 Hour Shopping Center in Singapore is the only place where you can do your shopping at three o'clock in the morning. Shopping at 3am! Seriously? Well, ever since the late 90s when I visited Singapore frequently, I would come here at the oddest hours in the morning to buy my stuff. This way, the crowd would be less, no traffic jams and the weather would be much cooler. But these days, try going there at 3am and the place is packed jammed with shoppers and tourist. I guess over the years, more and more people found it much easier to come in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the daytime rush.
Mustafa Center at Syed Alwi Road, Singapore
Originally, Mustafa Center was established in 1971 along Campbell Lane in Little India and only sold ready made garments. After the government took back the shops in the area for heritage preservation purposes, the boss, Mr.Ahmad started to look around and found some old shophouses along Syed Alwi Road which were reasonably priced and not far from his store and just around the corner from Serangoon Plaza. With his hard earned fortunes, he bought them one by one till finally, he bought the whole row. Many people state that putting up a large Shopping Centre in a side road out of the traditional shopping area was a very brave decision by Mr.Ahmad. In April 1995, Mustafa Center became a reality and immediately became a Shopping Paradise to many people. On the weekends, the store easily packs in over 15,000 customers of all nationalities so you can imagine the place.
Crowd at Mustafa Shopping Center
Today, customers can get almost anything from over 75,000 items displayed on four levels covering an area of 70,000 Sq.ft within the six story building which also houses a hotel with a 130 room hotel with a tag line that reads "Shop and Stay" under one roof. Apart from the shopping, the entire complex also offers other services such as Foreign Exchange, Local Fast Food Restaurant and a Travel Company has helped in contributing to the growth of the business.
Branded Watches at Mustafa Singapore
With a workforce of 1300 staff, an annual turnover of SG$300 Million (US$250 Million), over 150,000 items on shelves and a total shopping space of 150,000 square feet, it is still not enough to accommodate the growing customer traffic. Try coming here on a Friday morning at 2am and witness a traffic jam of vehicles and people around the center.
View of the different levels
Once you enter the many entrances here, you will see loads of hawk-eyed security personnel checking each and every person entering and exiting the store. On the ground floor, you will find selections of branded watches like Rado, Longines, Tissot and even Rolex among the thousands of watches on display. There is a huge electrical section with everything you can possible think of except the popular iPhone or iPad. Toiletries for both men and women are well spread while a music and video section holds thousands of titles. The lower ground floor caters to everything apparel, sports and travel luggage. The first floor houses the main dry goods section while the upper floor caters to everything household and books.
Outside the shopping center
To say that this entire vision was a dream, it definitely came through for Mr.Ahmad as this is the only shopping center in Southeast Asia that is open 24 hours. A novelty, some may think but in reality, it works for the many thousands of customers and tourist that come here daily. It seems like the street that never sleeps here in Singapore. For more information, you can visit the official website of Mustafa Online.
Whenever I come to Singapore for work of simply for leisure, I will surely make a trip here to buy my toiletries and some other stuff as I have found that they stock many brands and the items here are way much cheaper than many other places including neighboring Malaysia. Many of the items are sold in bulk or wholesale while single items are available. If you ever visit the island republic and want to try something different, I would suggest you pay a visit the Mustafa 24 Hour Shopping Center in Singapore.