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So long, Longhouse

Published on Apr 21, 2014 8:41 AM
 
Madam Yong Fong (facing camera), owner of Bugis Street Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice, handing out flyers to Longhouse customers informing them of the stall's new location in Balestier Road. The 14-year-old Longhouse food centre in Upper Thomson Road closed yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

It was the last day of operations for hawkers at popular food haunt Longhouse in Upper Thomson Road, but some expressed little longing for it.

Nor was there was any sign of a last-minute rush to eat at the 14-year-old eatery. About two in 10 tables were empty and only eight of the 15 stalls were open at lunchtime yesterday.

Instead, many hawkers looked forward to a fresh start.

"The new place is better. The carpark is bigger, rental is cheaper and it is cleaner," said the owner of Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle, Ms Mary Quek, who is in her 30s.

 
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BETTER TOGETHER

It would have been better if we could all move to the same place together.

- Madam Lee Soo Lian, 53, of Lucy Pang Yong Tau Foo, which will be moving to Tyrwhitt Road. Stallholders said they will miss the camaraderie built up over 14 years at the Upper Thomson site

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