17 Sep '12, 4am

Bet it's being used as storage $21-a-month hawker stall still not open for business

Bet it's being used as storage $21-a-month hawker stall still not open for business

Monthly rent for this Taman Jurong hawker stall: $21. Profit so far: $0. The reason: More than three months after the successful tender, the person behind the stall has yet to open for business. The third-storey unit at Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre in Yung Sheng Road is among a row of five stalls. When The New Paper visited on Wednesday and Thursday, the stall was among three units - on the same row - that were shuttered. In Parliament last week, the stall was cited as an example of how hawkers are paying cheaper rents after the minimum reserve price was scrapped in March. TNP understands that prior to the stall being rented out at $21, it had been a drinks stall. None of the nine Taman Jurong hawkers TNP spoke to had seen the new owner. Even Mr Li Ke Meng, the chairman of Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, does not know his identity. Yet, all knew about the low tende...

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