If you are into savings, then perhaps you have hit the jackpot upon stumbling in NTUC’s Warehouse Club.
Especially with the holidays seemingly coming in surges as the year ends and as the Chinese New Year fast approaching, the Warehouse Club comes as a welcoming fresh air for shoppers who desire to save more and to put a new twist on the festive table. However, if you love the frills of a usual supermarket, then you will feel uncomfortable with its high ceiling, visible pipes and minimum embellishments. Yes, it really has the ambiance of walking in into a huge warehouse especially with its 80,000 sqft area.
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“Think Big, Save Big”
The Warehouse Club (WHC) is a members-only warehouse club in Singapore. If this reminds you of United States’ Costco, then that is because it has the similar concept of ‘buying more is saving more.’ Only members are allowed to purchase though everyone can enter and look around at the products since there are a lot to items which are not in the shelves of the other local supermarkets.
WHC has been open in Singapore since 8 Dec 2014. If you are not familiar with it, you can check it out at 1 Joo Koon Circle, just beside the MRT Station. Expect to see a wide range of products, from fresh fruits to household appliances. There are luggage, clothes and kitchenware. If you are into Kirkland signature products you will be delighted to find them only here.
While there are products which can be bought in individual pieces, the idea is to provide buyers most products in bulk to offer 10% to 30% savings. This is perfect for those who frequently buy for social function or corporate events. If you are neither, you can still save up if you shop for items you usually restock every month. It is also useful for those who love to shop with friends every now and then.
The warehouse also offers promos, but of course only members can avail them. To get a membership, you have to fill up an application form and pay a fee of S$50 or S$35 (for NTUC Union members). Membership is renewable every two years. That is enough time to do as much shopping as you need to get back more than what is worth of your membership fee. The membership is non-transferable, only you can use your card. You can bring along your family, but it has to be you who will present the membership card upon purchase.
Yes, when you go shopping in WHC, you are bound to leave the building with bulk purchases. So how are you going to haul those back home? Do not fret yet. WHC offers free delivery if you can show a receipt at least worth of S$500. If you are unable to reach S$500, you can still have them delivered with a fee of S$35.
The parking was usually charged at S$1.07 for the first hour with additional S$0.30 every 15 minutes block. For a limited (undisclosed) period, the parking for the first two hours for members will be free. The next hour will be free if they can present a receipt with at least $100 nett.
If you go shopping in WHC, make sure to have a list to shun compulsive shopping temptations. After Christmas and New Year, Chinese New Year will be just round the corner. This is your chance to stock up on your festive groceries and save more.
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