Some didn't realise Jem mall was closed

Some didn't realise Jem mall was closed
A Jem staff member talking to a shopper about the mall's temporary closure.

SINGAPORE - The closure of Jem mall is costing its 241 tenants a lot of dough.

First-storey tenant BreadTalk said it has lost at least $1,000 from the closure, which comes after a water pipe burst above the false ceiling, causing a significant portion of it to collapse on Wednesday night. Some shops were flooded and the Jurong East mall has been closed indefinitely until repairs are done.

Mr Wee Kok Hoh, 25, manager of the Jem Bread- Talk branch, said: "The store was flooded and dusty when I got back to the store in the morning.

"We cannot do anything else now, except to clean up the place. I had to throw away Thursday's bread as it was all dusty."

He said he also had to throw away the dough and bread meant for the next day's sale, since the mall was closed. But he is thankful that none of his employees were injured.

On Thursday morning, confused shoppers and employees alike gathered outside the closed mall.

Some were employees who had no idea what happened the night before. There were also some customers who did not realise the mall was closed.

One worker, Mr Gayan Chanaka, showed up and spent the day at a coffee shop near the mall.

Mr Gayan, 24, a waiter at Marché Mövenpick, was ready to work even though he had seen the collapse the previous night.

He said: "I wasn't told if I had to report to work today, so I came down to the mall anyway just to be safe. I didn't know the whole mall would be closed."

A customer who wanted to be known only as Madam Wong, 67, had wanted to visit the mall with her two-year-old grandson.

But she said: "I will not visit this mall in the future. It is not safe! What if the ceiling had collapsed on my grandson?"

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