China Club at Capital Tower closes for good after years of losses

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – The China Club Singapore, a members-only club that has been a networking ground for many corporate executives, is closing for good after suffering years of losses amid stiff competition and rising costs.

The club was to have been closed only temporarily from April 7 to June 1, in line with Singapore’s circuit breaker period. But on Wednesday (May 27), the club informed members that it would close permanently on June 1.

In a letter signed off by general manager Andrew Mah, China Club said that it has been facing stiff competition posed by new food and beverage (F&B) establishments that emerged in the vicinity.

In addition, “like the F&B sector in Singapore, we have been seeing escalating labour costs and operating costs”.

Despite the management’s best efforts, China Club therefore suffered losses for “a few years” and will no longer be able to remain financially viable. “It is with deep regret that we will have to file for voluntary liquidation and close the club,” it added.

This comes 19 years after the club opened at the top floor of the 52-floor Capital Tower in Tanjong Pagar. The premium office building counts CapitaLand, GIC and JPMorgan as its top three tenants.

The club offered not only privacy, but also spectacular views – it is surrounded by 16m-tall glass and “on a clear day, Malaysia and Indonesia can be glimpsed”, according to its website.

China Club said it has since refunded April’s fees to members and stopped the collection of fees from May. Deposits for events and function room bookings have also been refunded; members’ F&B deposits will be refunded as well.

The club also thanked members for their “unwavering support” throughout the years.

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