For months now my friends have been telling me to check out the “Warehouse Club” in Singapore. Finally I decided to go on my own little “shopping adventure” and see for myself just to see what the hype is all about. Now many of you have probably heard of the Warehouse Club (it opened last year), but just haven’t had the chance to check it out, so let me give you all the details…
What is the Warehouse Club?
For those of you that are familiar with “Costco” from America, you would have felt right at home. The layout of the Warehouse Club gives off that Costco feel (that is the design the were going for). For those of you that are not familiar with Costco, the Warehouse Club has an open layout, with aisles of food and products arranged in large crates and stacked in boxes. (See the pictures below).
The general public is able to go into the store to browse, but in order to make a purchase you must be a member of the Warehouse Club. Since membership is required, members enjoy savings through bulk buys, value packs and exclusive access to direct import products.
What does the Warehouse Club Sell?
The Warehouse Club sells just about everything – fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, snacks, diapers, frozen food, vitamins, books, bicycles, sporting goods, household appliances, clothes, housewares, toiletries, and many, many more items. It also stocks a lot of the Kirkland products, which is a Costco brand. They also had some Carrefour (France), Tesco (UK) and Frosch (Germany) products which are not sold elsewhere in Singapore.
The main premise behind the club is “bulk purchases”, hence if you have a large family, like to stock up, or just planning a big party, then this is the place for you.
Warehouse Club Savings & Promotions
Being quite the avid grocery shopper both high end and discount, I did have a fairly decent idea what was a “good buy” and what was just the usual price. A lot of the items were priced the same or slightly cheaper than your FairPrice or Giant grocery stores (definitely cheaper than Cold Storage). The key was looking for the bulk items or value buys that gave you a much better discount if you actually did the math (yes I did take my calculator out at times).
There are a lot of discount bins, and I was able to pick up products for $1-$5, that would normally have been worth a lot more.
The current cost for the Warehouse Club membership are as follows:
- Public at $50 for 2 years
- NTUC affiliated union members, FairPrice members & shareholders at $35 for 2 years
It was very easy to sign up. There was no line and it took less than 5 minutes. They gave me my card on the spot.
Super Note: Since this is a membership club, although I went on a Sunday morning to the and thought it would be super packed (which I totally hate), it wasn’t crowded at all.
Location & Operating Hours & Parking
The Warehouse Club is located on Level 2 and Level 3 of FairPrice Hub building.
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 629117
Telephone: +(65) 6710-4584
10.00 AM – 9.00 PM (Mon – Fri)
09.00 AM – 9.30 PM (Sat & Sun)
Parking: Yes, there a big parking lot (cashcard required) at the FairPrice Hub Building. There is both an elevator and travelator that you can use to get to the Warehouse Club. It was very easy to park, shop and load my car with my purchases.
Now before you head on over all the way to Jurong (just kidding, it’s not that far away – we are just spoiled in Singapore), if you are anything like me you will want to see some pictures. I tried my best while I was shopping to take as many pictures as I could (about 45+ pictures below). Not all of these products will be available when you go, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect.
Hopefully all of these pictures were helpful. I am now a member of the Warehouse Club and will probably be heading there once a month to stock up. I do think that the Warehouse Club does offer a good value for shoppers and is worth the $50 two year membership fee (which I already made back in savings from my 1st shopping trip). I definitely think it is at least worth checking out if not to buy then just for the American “Costco” warehouse experience.
Good Luck & Happy Shopping.