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Thomson eateries dread MRT works

Owners fear poor business as construction gets into full swing

Published on Jul 10, 2014 8:52 AM

Shop owners along Upper Thomson Road are bracing themselves for six years of poorer business as construction of the Thomson Line moves into full swing this month.

Many of them told The Straits Times that they expect patrons to avoid the area because of the dust, noise and inconvenience and that they are considering cutting staff or moving if their businesses get hit too badly.

Hua Nam Restaurant, which has been serving up dim sum and porridge at its present site for more than 40 years, may relocate.

"What we're worried about is the dust and whether the authorities will fence up the area. It's not easy to attract customers back if the area is dusty," said Mr Sam Siew, 52, whose father owns the eatery.

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Background story

As it is, parking is already a problem in the area famous for its roti prata and bak chor mee. Patrons park haphazardly along the narrow lanes next to the shophouses, and some drivers also illegally park in the private residential areas.