30 Aug '11, 10pm

That 'mama shop' at your void deck? It may soon be a thing of the past

SINGAPORE - Three years ago, Mr S Gunashekaran, who was then 28, took over the running of the "mama shop" - which was owned by his father - at a void deck in Yishun Ring Road. But as Mr Gunashekaran pointed out, he is part of a rare breed: "Youngsters are no longer taking up such business ... Most are well-educated and they prefer office jobs." Indeed, faced with keen competition from supermarket chains and other socials trend such as Singapore's rising vehicle ownership and denser housing estates, such standalone kiosks are facing a bleak future - and could become a part of the Republic's urban memory before long. Built at the void decks of every fourth Housing and Development Board (HDB) block of flats in older estates, these standalone kiosks experienced their heyday in the '80s and '90s. Since the '90s, the HDB has stopped building such kiosks - affectionately known by...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110831-0000338/Ma...

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  1. 14 Jan '12, 1pm

    I am doing a project about these Mama shops and where can I get this full article? Thank you.

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  2. 02 Sep '11, 1am

    Shop local! See this lovely film celebrating local shops and their role in communities: http://wp.me/p1sFM4-gl

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