On October 23 (Friday), the Japanese minimalist lifestyle brand MUJI announced in an email to its customers that it would close its Café & Meal MUJI outlet at Jewel Changi Airport from next Monday.
The email states that the last working day will be Sunday, October 25th.
Screengrab of the email from MUJI
With the Jewel Changi point of sale, there will only be two more Café & Meal MUJI points of sale in Singapore – Plaza Singapura and Raffles City.
In the meantime, fans of the brand will be happy to know that the retail store operates in the same space as usual.
Cafe & Meal MUJI Outlet at Jewel Changi Airport / Photo credit: MUJI
With global travel stalling, Changi Airport has seen a dramatic decrease in traffic.
This month, Minister of Transport Ong Ye Kung announced that Changi Airport was only serving 1.5 percent of its usual passenger volume and 17 percent of flights prior to Covid-19.
It is also the 58th busiest airport for passenger traffic, down from seventh place.
Like many retail stores, MUJI has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen an overall decrease in pedestrian traffic.
In June of this year, the branch in Marina Square was closed. All MUJI branches in Singapore were temporarily closed due to the situation in Covid-19.
In the same month, MUJI filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States and named Covid-19 as the driver for the move.
Liabilities range from $ 50 million ($ 69.5 million) to $ 100 million ($ 139 million) and are owed to between 200 and 999 creditors.
The US entity of the household name has joined a number of 100+ companies that have filed for bankruptcy in the US, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as the main reason.
Selected image source: MUJI