Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My tour of NTUC Fairprice Warehouse

Level 3 of NTUC Fairprice's "Warehouse Club"
After hearing about the opening of this first ever Costco-like supermarket, I finally managed to find my way there over the weekend to NTUC Fairprice's Warehouse - Joo Koon.

I called before heading out there to enquire if exploring the warehouse was possible without a membership, and unlike Costco in Australia, it is possible. Entry is free and you are welcome to explore and view their offerings. If you do wish to purchase something, then you will need to purchase a membership (available on level 2).

Overall, the offerings are vast and they do sell many items like Costco (from what I have seen from Costco Australia). Items sold off pallets, in large quantities, and the like. Though it feels much smaller than expected, even though it is on two levels (it seems smaller than the big hypermart Giant Tampines and Ikea Tampines).

The prices and deals really vary though, and depends what you buy often, and how many you would normally buy. Personally, I found otak (grilled fish cake), yogurt, CP wantons are some items in my opinion to be quite cheap, although other basic items such as 30xEggs are priced relatively the same as you would find in your normal Fairprice supermarket. So it's worth checking it out if you have time to see what suits works best for you and your family.

Opening hours: 
10.00 AM - 9.00 PM (Mon - Fri)
09.00 AM - 9.30 PM (Sat & Sun)

Membership fees:
$35 SGD for NTUC Union Members, $50 for non-NTUC Union members annually. Membership is only required to purchase items, you are welcome to explore as you like first before deciding.

Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle,
Levels 2 and 3,
Singapore 629117
Phone: +65 6552 2722
Website: www.warehouseclub.com.sg
Delivery: Delivery is available.
From their FAQs on their website under the "Shopping at our store" section, "Delivery is available for all items including electronics and groceries, and excludes fresh, chilled and frozen at a fee of $20 in a single receipt of less than $300 or 7% of receipt value in a single receipt of more than $300.
WHC does not deliver to outlying islands and restricted areas".
Nearest public transport: Joo Koon MRT (it is right across the road from the East-West MRT - Green line)

Here are some pics of the warehouse.
Level 2 - long life items, clothing, and electronics

Level 2
Escalator that lets you go from level 1 and 2
Level 3 - Fresh food and vegetables, wines, check out registers
Level 3
Level 3

Level 3
Level 3
Level 3
Level 3
Level 3
Level 3 - Singlong Nasi Lemak Sambal Chilli 2.5kg ($19.90 SGD each)
Level 3 - Singlong Nasi Lemak Sambal Belachan 2.5kg ($19.90 SGD each)

Hope this helps give you an idea of what to expect and what's available there. Happy shopping!


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