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Foodies are a good example of popular dining options when Jewel Changi Airport is opened



SINGAPORE: At 11:00 on Wednesday (April 17), the official opening day of Jewel Changi Airport, the line outside Shake Shack had grown so long that it swung around an atrium, divided into four barricaded sections.

Signs were parked in line to inform more than 200 customers that they could buy up to five burgers and flat dogs per order at the first branch of the American hamburger chain in Southeast Asia.

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The queue for fast food outlet Shake Shack during the official opening of Jewel Changi Airport on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

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A sign that informs customers about the order limit at Shake Shack during the official opening of Jewel Changi Airport. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

First in line were customers Justin Zheng and Hiroki, who only wanted to be known by his first name. They told CNA that they had been queuing that morning since 4.30 a.m.

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"We are Kiasu-Singaporean," said Mr. Zheng. "First day, first opening, first Shake Shack – kiasu Singaporeans."

Unlike Shake Shack, which was opened for the first time on Wednesday at 10:00, A & W was even open during Jewel's preview period. It was reported that customers spent an average of three hours in line for their food.

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The queue at A&W at Jewel Changi Airport on the official opening day, on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

Around Wednesday at 11 a.m., more than 50 people stood in line at the fast food restaurant – A & W & # 39; s first in Singapore in more than a decade.

One customer, who refused to be named, said she had been waiting since 7:45 am because she thought A&W would be open 24 hours.

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Shoppers at the Pokemon Center at Jewel Changi Airport on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

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Shoppers at the Pokemon Center during the opening day of Jewel Changi Airport. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

"I feel like they should have told customers they would open at 10 am, then we would have come at the right time," she said.

She told CNA that she visited Jewel during the preview period, but was unable to buy from A & W due to the long queues.

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A sign at Pokemon Center Singapore to inform customers about the purchase limit for certain items. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

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Various Pokemon merchandise were seen on the shopping basket. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

People were not alone in line for food. A visitor, 26-year-old freelance photographer Neo Wei Xiong, told CNA that he was in line for the Pokemon Center from about eleven o'clock on Tuesday evening.

"It's the first time that the Pokemon Center will be in Singapore and I want to see the item exclusively for Singapore," he said, adding that he had failed to access the Jewel preview.

The Pokemon fan said he had spent most of Tuesday night outside of Jewel, as customers were allowed to be alone in the mall at 6 AM.

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Visitors to Jewel Changi Airport take photos during the official opening day on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Cindy Co)

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Indonesians Cynthia Winna Widya Putri (right) and Yenita Shanty Veronika Sianturi were among those who came down to Jewel Changi Airport for its official opening. (Photo: Cindy Co)

Earlier that morning, most visitors were busy near the HSBC Rain Vortex, & # 39; the world's highest indoor waterfall.

Two of them, Mrs. Cynthia Winna Widya Putri and Mrs. Yenita Shanty Veronika Sianturi, had just flown in from Indonesia.

"We wanted to see Jewel because it is the (first day of opening) and we are so excited," Mrs. Putri said.


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