My Turf

Teban Place: Falling footfall at mall, but no lack of hair salons

My Turf is a fortnightly series that aims to share untold stories of our neighbourhoods. In this instalment, we take a look at Teban Place.

Two girls sharing an ice cream at the central plaza of Teban Place. The two-storey complex serves residents and foreign workers, but footfall has fallen steadily over the past decade, with no respite in sight. The anchor tenant at Teban Place, Sheng
Two girls sharing an ice cream at the central plaza of Teban Place. The two-storey complex serves residents and foreign workers, but footfall has fallen steadily over the past decade, with no respite in sight.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO
Two girls sharing an ice cream at the central plaza of Teban Place. The two-storey complex serves residents and foreign workers, but footfall has fallen steadily over the past decade, with no respite in sight. The anchor tenant at Teban Place, Sheng
The anchor tenant at Teban Place, Sheng Siong Supermarket, draws the biggest crowds to the mall every day.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO
Two girls sharing an ice cream at the central plaza of Teban Place. The two-storey complex serves residents and foreign workers, but footfall has fallen steadily over the past decade, with no respite in sight. The anchor tenant at Teban Place, Sheng
Barber Marjuki Sayit said competition is stiff at Teban Place, as there are at least nine hair salons there.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO

Nestled snugly in western Singapore is Teban Place, a neighbourhood mall that residents and business owners say has been forgotten.

The two-storey complex serves residents and foreign workers who live in the nearby Jurong Penjuru dormitories, but footfall has fallen steadily over the past decade, with no respite in sight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Falling footfall at mall, but no lack of hair salons'. Print Edition | Subscribe