Foodcourt consolidation could take a bite out of food variety

The Food Junction foodcourt at United Square. The chain's acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the last quarter of this year, is set to make BreadTalk the third-largest foodcourt operator here. BreadTalk plans to focus initial efforts af
The Food Junction foodcourt at United Square. The chain's acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the last quarter of this year, is set to make BreadTalk the third-largest foodcourt operator here. BreadTalk plans to focus initial efforts after the acquisition on streamlining costs and sharing resources.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

But experts do not see prices going up after BreadTalk's planned buyout of Food Junction

Marketing consultant Ashley Ho, 32, usually toggles between two foodcourts in the City Hall area for her weekday lunches.

When she craves thunder tea rice, she will walk to the Food Republic at Capitol Piazza. But if she and her colleagues decide to share a mala hotpot, they will head to the Food Junction at Raffles City Shopping Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2019, with the headline 'Foodcourt consolidation could take a bite out of food variety'. Print Edition | Subscribe