Department stores of yesteryears
SINGAPORE SHUI HING
Opened in August 1980, the Hong Kong-owned store promised a taste of New York, but failed to attract crowds. It closed in 1983.
This was Singapore's biggest supermarket and department store. It opened in 1974 in Plaza Singapura and, by 1983, had five branches, including in Jurong and Bukit Timah.
In 1997, its parent company in Japan went bust and its last branch in Thomson closed.
When Daimaru opened in 1983 as the anchor tenant of Liang Court, it catered mainly to Japanese tourists and expatriates, a good strategy then as the yen was strong and the number of Japanese tourists was on the rise.
Since 1998, Daimaru has been scaling down its overseas businesses to focus more on businesses back home. It closed its doors in Singapore in 2003 after nearly a decade of low profits.
It opened its first outlet at Marina Square in 1987 and its selling points included being the sole agent of Jim Thompson Thai silk goods. It also ran the popular Cafe Saint Germain Japanese coffee shop.
Its store in Marina Square closed after six years, and it closed Tokyu Scene at Funan Centre in 1998 after its head office went under.
In 1986, it opened its first store at Raffles City, one of the busiest malls here. It also expanded to Tampines and Paragon. In 2000, it went into judicial management and closed due to the bankruptcy of Sogo Japan.