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Clock is ticking for Lavender's 'food heaven'

Popular haunt will make way later this year for new commercial building

Published on Mar 28, 2014 8:02 AM

With its high ceilings and arched entrances, it looks like the Central Business District's Lau Pa Sat food centre. But Lavender Food Square caters not so much to white-collar workers but a motley crew - from backpackers of nearby hostels, to devotees who queue for Kok Kee wanton mee, to hostesses and patrons from karaoke lounges next door.

But regulars will soon have to find a new hang-out, as this food haunt near Singapore Casket is going to make way later this year for a new commercial building.

The food centre and next-door Eminent Plaza, both built in the 1980s, will be replaced by ARC 380, a 16-storey freehold development with more than 160 office and retail units, slated to be ready by 2018.

"Old-timers like me and the regular customers will miss this place," said Dr Peter Campbell, a 57-year-old Singaporean who is chairman of a financial firm in Thailand.

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