Jem tenants anxious for mall to reopen

Jem tenants anxious for mall to reopen
The 241-unit mall in Jurong East has been closed for checks and repairs since Sept 19 after a burst water pipe caused part of the first-floor ceiling to collapse the previous night. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Jem mall will remain shut this weekend, as losses mount for its tenants in the aftermath of last week's ceiling collapse.

This marks the second weekend in a row that it is closed for business.

"Jem will not open this weekend.We are getting closer and will be able to provide you with an opening date very soon," said an update on the mall's Facebook page last Friday night.

The Jurong East mall, which opened in June, has been closed since Sept 19 after a burst water pipe caused part of the first-floor ceiling to collapse the previous night.

Tenants are getting anxious. When The Straits Times checked with 12 of them, all said they will ask developer Lend Lease for compensation.

Han's, which has a 2,500 sq ft restaurant in Jem's basement, is working on an e-mail to the Australian developer detailing losses of more than $60,000, including $5,000 in food wastage, rental for the closure period and losses in sales.

Its general manager Gan Ee-Tin said the rent is between $30,000 and $40,000 a month, and that 2,057 cakes, 2,200 raw pieces of meat and 20 bottles of sauces had been dumped.

"We cannot transfer meat from freezer to chiller and back to the freezer again," he said, adding that he could not move the perishable items to other outlets for food safety reasons.

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