Westies rejoiced at the news that Jurong West Hawker Centre will reopen later this year.
Not only will there be more food options in the area, but its operator also shared the even better news that they’ll keep their cai png or economic rice prices affordable.
Specifically, the price for one meat and two vegetables won’t be higher than a reported S$4.20.
Cai png is a favoured budget meal for Singaporeans who just want to fill their stomachs.
Thus, some may measure the affordability of a hawker centre by the price of its cai png.
On that count, Jurong West Hawker Centre will aim to please when it opens, promised its operator.
On Thursday (26 Jan), the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that Jurong West Hawker Centre will reopen in the third quarter of 2023.
Its new operator will be JW 50 Hawker Heritage, whose parent company is Chang Cheng Mee Wah, which has years of experience in managing food establishments.
Chang Cheng Group chairman Kok Kuan Hwa told Shin Min Daily News that the company has already set up a team to prepare to manage the operations of Jurong West Hawker Centre.
One of its tasks is to check out the prices at food establishments nearby.
The purpose is to make sure Jurong West Hawker Centre’s prices aren’t higher than those of neighbouring eateries, Mr Kok said.
According to checks by the paper, there are two affordable places to eat in the area, and one of them is the food court at Pioneer Mall next door, which is operated by Koufu.
The cheapest cai png there costs S$4.20 for one meat and two vegetable dishes.
Mr Kok confirmed to Shin Min that the cai png at Jurong West Hawker Centre will be cheaper than the one sold at Pioneer Mall’s food court.
They hope to offer more choices to residents, he said.
If customers want to dine in air-conditioned comfort, they can go to the food court, but if they want cheaper food, they can head to Jurong West Hawker Centre.
He also noted that blocks 600 to 800 in the estate have not had any other hawker centre for 20 years.
This highlights the importance of Jurong West Hawker Centre to them, he added.
As for the stall rentals, he said they’ll be “about the same” as other hawker centres.
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