11 Sep '11, 12am

National Heritage Board to showcase 18 old-style provision shops in exhibition

National Heritage Board to showcase 18 old-style provision shops in exhibition

Mr Goh Wee at his provision shop Hup Seng in Tiong Bahru. He says his customers buy fewer things now than before - a bottle of soft drink, compared with sacks of rice and milk powder in the past. -- ST PHOTO: TERRENCE LIM By Kezia Toh They were a fixture in the old days: pulley tins that provision shop owners used to keep spare change. These days, however, cash is usually kept under lock and key - a sign of the changing times. Mr T.T. Lin from Tian Kee provision shop in Dakota Crescent near Mountbatten is one of those who have taken this precaution. 'As more people move in and the usual crowd disappears, the level of trust between neighbours goes down, which is why we need to guard against thieves,' he said. The 80-year-old has been running his provision store in the sleepy neighbourhood for more than 50 years. Changes such as these, along with the dwindling number of such...

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