25 Nov '13, 3am

Halal foodcourt operator Banquet has thrown in the kitchen towel, just as shop rents escalate and firms struggle...

Halal foodcourt operator Banquet has thrown in the kitchen towel, just as shop rents escalate and firms struggle...

SINGAPORE - Halal foodcourt operator Banquet has thrown in the kitchen towel, just as shop rents escalate and firms struggle with the manpower crunch. The home-grown chain, which opened in 2000, had 46 outlets in its heyday. By last year, only 14 remained. This number dwindled to just five outlets by June this year. And now there are none, going by MyPaper checks. Rival operator Kopitiam has taken over the outlets at VivoCity, HarbourFront Centre and Jurong Point. NTUC Foodfare will replace Banquet's outlet in Clifford Centre in Raffles Place next month, according to a notice in the mall, and the outlet in IMM Building is now managed by Teck Kee, which also runs House of Steamboat in Bugis. All the new eateries are halal foodcourts. Calls to Banquet's owner, Mr Alan Lee, went unanswered, but a spokesman for Kopitiam said that it was approached by the landlords of the malls...

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