SINGAPORE: At 11am on Wednesday (April 17), the official opening day of the Jewel Changi Airport, the queue outside the Shake Shack had grown so wide that it wound around an atrium, divided into four barricaded sections.
Signs were parked along the queue, informing more than 200 customers that they could only buy up to five burgers and common dogs per order at the first American hamburger chain store in Southeast Asia. Details
First in line were the customers Justin Zheng and Hiroki, who wanted to be known only by their first name. They told CNA they had been in line since 4:30 in the morning.
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"We are Singaporean kiasu," Zheng said. "First day, first opening, first Shake Shack – Singaporean kiasu."
Unlike Shake Shack, which opened for the first time at 10 am on Wednesday, A & W was open even during Jewel's preview period. It was reported that customers queued on average three hours for the food.
Around 11am Wednesday, there were more than 50 people lining up at the fast food restaurant – A & W's first in Singapore in more than a decade.
One client, who declined to identify herself, said she had been waiting since 7:45 am because she thought A & W would be open 24 hours.
"I feel like they should have told the customers that they would open at 10 in the morning so we would have arrived on time," she said.
She told CNA that she visited Jewel during the preview period, but could not buy from A & W because of the long lines.
People were not just waiting for the food. A visitor, the 26-year-old freelance photographer Neo Wei Xiong, told CNA that he was in line at the Pokémon Center since 11 pm on Tuesday.
"It's the first time the Pokémon Center will be in Singapore and I want to see the exclusive item for Singapore," he said, adding that he did not get tickets for Jewel's preview.
The Pokemon fan said he spent most of Tuesday night waiting outside Jewel, as buyers could only go to the mall at 6 am.
Earlier that morning, most visitors were crowded around the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world's largest indoor waterfall.
Two of them, Cynthia Winna Widya Putri and Yenita Shanty Veronika Sianturi, have just arrived from Indonesia.
"We wanted to see Jewel because it's the opening day and we're very excited," Putri said.