Partnership Curates and Activates Placemaking Projects, Aims to Develop and Grow Enterprise, Communities

Partnership Curates and Activates Placemaking Projects, Aims to Develop and Grow Enterprise, Communities

30 March 2021

  • Joint partnership between placemaker Millet Group (enterprise arm of not-for-profit arts organisation TRCL), space and content activator Invade, and retail mall veteran Pow Lay Kuan
  • Vision to create initiatives, content and narratives which bring together new businesses, new creative talent to improve quality of life in diverse communities

Placemaker Millet Group of companies teams up with space and content activator Invade, and retail veteran Pow Lay Kuan to bring a shared goal of enlivening commercial spaces into experience-rich settings to benefit communities large and small.

The partnership will implement plans to forge engagement and economic growth in specific areas and turn them into key spaces to live, work, play, shop, learn and visit. To that end, the partnership will utilise space at Tekka Place to curate and host these projects.

Colin Goh, Executive Director, Millet Group of companies said: “Together with our partners, Invade and Ms Pow, Millet Group envisions a synergy based on a common vision of exploring the dynamic intersections between the arts, diverse industries, and cross-disciplines. We are thrilled to share a purpose of energizing areas in which many kinds of communities can connect holistically and grow together.”

Tekka Place will be a space for people to experience serendipity – offering a spectrum of regional cuisines to a curated mix of experiential exhibits and retail showcases. The building and landscaped rooftop will become a cultural and entertainment space that capitalizes on its backdrop against the vibrant cultural precinct that is Tekka, Little India.

Commenting on the partnership, Kent Teo, Founder, CEO of space and content activator Invade said, “Through this partnership, Invade is looking forward to empowering the community of entrepreneurs, makers, and micro-businesses collectively through an innovative take on traditional form that knows no boundaries.”

Under a common narrative for initiatives and programmes, this creative partnership will curate a wide range of services, entertainment and recreational opportunities for diverse communities. Such increased activity will in turn generate greater opportunities for synergistic commercial growth.

Added Pow Lay Kuan, retail industry expert and ex-CEO of APM Property Management: “There is a real need to revitalise the existing retail landscape. We are aiming to reshape retail into something that is no longer transactional but experienced-based. It’s about harnessing space 2 projects which integrate experience, retail, and F&B all in one, making for a unique experience that connects visitors to a vibrant space.”

From this partnership, the first highlight that visitors can look forward to will be an evolved Eatbox – the boutique version of Artbox by Invade that serves up various creative F&B offerings from our local and regional brands alongside vibrant, festive vibes in a permanent food hall setting. Tony Fong, Director of Corwin Holding, Tekka Place’s developer said: “We are pleased that Millet, Invade Industry and Ms Pow, have chosen Tekka Place as their platform to showcase the partnership’s innovative and experiential projects. We look forward to witnessing their synergistic expertise reshape and reposition the retail and lifestyle offerings, establishing Tekka Place as a social destination for visitors to hang out, enjoy their experiences and continually return.”