Malls bloom

Escalators are seen connecting every floor at the ION Orchard, a new shopping mall a day before it opens its doors to the public on July 20, 2009 in Singapore. The project, which includes a 56-story luxury condominium tower just behind the mall, will cost about US$1.4 billion. Singapore, where shopping is a beloved national pastime, is betting three massive new malls on the island’s main retail strip can thrive despite a limp global economy.

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Escalators are seen connecting every floor at the ION Orchard, a new shopping mall a day before it opens its doors to the public on July 20, 2009 in Singapore. The project, which includes a 56-story luxury condominium tower just behind the mall, will cost about US$1.4 billion. Singapore, where shopping is a beloved national pastime, is betting three massive new malls on the island’s main retail strip can thrive despite a limp global economy.

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