First of 20 new hawker centres will open in Hougang in August 2015

First of 20 new hawker centres will open in Hougang in August 2015
Artist’s impression of the upcoming Ci Yuan Community Club at Hougang Avenue 9

SINGAPORE - Residents in Hougang will get a new 24-hour food centre when the Ci Yuan Community Club opens in August 2015.

According to a statement from the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday, the new hawker centre is located within the club at Hougang Avenue 9 and will have 40 cooked food stalls with 640 seats.

It is the first of the 20 new hawker centres announced by the Government to commence operations. Residents can look forward to enjoying affordable food at the new centre, which will also be equipped with tray-return facilities, natural ventilation and family-friendly features such as child-friendly toilet facilities and family-friendly seating.

It added that Fei Siong Food Management Pte Ltd has been appointed the managing agent for the new hawker centre at Ci Yuan Community Club on a not-for-profit basis.

For example, at least 20 of the 40 cooked food stalls in the new hawker centre would be under Fei Siong Food Management's Entrepreneurship Programme. This aims to provide a head start for young or new hawkers who wish to enter the hawker trade but lack the capital and knowledge to run a hawker stall.

As the managing agent, Fei Siong Food Management has also proposed to operate two stalls offering food items with lower prices of between $0.80 for a cup of coffee and $2.80 for a bowl of signature fish ball noodles, to serve as a benchmark for the other stalls in the centre.

The other 38 stalls are required to provide at least two food items within a specific price range based on Fei Siong Food Management's price guidelines. Fei Siong Food Management has also proposed an average monthly stall rental in the range of $1,500 to $1,800, which is comparable to the average monthly market rental paid by stallholders in existing hawker centres in the Hougang area.

Second Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Ms Grace Fu, had mentioned in her 2015 Committee of Supply Debate speech in Parliament that by inviting managing agents to operate our new hawker centres, they would bring new ideas as well as their experience in food and beverage operations, property and lease management, to diversify food options, enhance the dining experience at the hawker centres, while keeping food prices affordable.

Fei Siong Food Management is expected to enhance the vibrancy of the centre by providing an all-day dining experience, maintain high standards for cleanliness in the centre and moderate food prices to ensure affordable meals for the residents, said NEA.

As the centre is to be managed on a not-for-profit basis, Fei Siong Food Management will use any operating surplus for the benefit of the hawker centre, to improve vibrancy and create social benefits.

Members of the public who are interested in operating a stall at the hawker centre at Ci Yuan Community Club can contact Fei Siong Food Management at 9828 8089 or ciyuan@feisiong.com.sg. 

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