Mamak shops struggle to stay in business amid stiff competition

Many mamak shops are family-run businesses and do not have the manpower to compete with 24-hour convenience stores.
Many mamak shops are family-run businesses and do not have the manpower to compete with 24-hour convenience stores.PHOTO: BH FILE

They face formidable rivals like 24-hour shops, supermarket chains, self-service kiosks

Nipisha mamak shop in the void deck of Block 143 Jalan Bukit Merah is preparing for the launch of the Avengers: Infinity War movie that opens in cinemas next week.

Boxes containing Avengers candy capsules wrapped with illustrations of heroes from the movie - $2 each - are placed right in front of the cash register.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Mamak shops struggle to stay in business'. Print Edition | Subscribe