New Yishun hawker centre to open in September

The new Yishun Park Hawker Centre with 45 cooked food stalls and about 750 seats will open in September.

There will be built-in tray-return facilities, as well as family-friendly features such as child-friendly toilet facilities and seating specially designed for families.

Visitors can work off their meal at a Games Square in the hawker centre which will have pinball machines and arcade games, among other things.

Sports matches will also be aired at the Games Square on selected days on large screens.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement yesterday that the hawker centre will be managed by Timbre Group on a not-for-profit basis.

To ensure affordable meals for the residents, each stall will have at least one basic meal priced at $3.

Timbre Group will also set aside two "incubator stalls" for potential hawkers, to sustain the hawker trade and support new entrants.

These hawkers will go through a one-year incubation period, after which Timbre will help to place them in its network of food and beverage outlets, or refer them to NEA to apply for a hawker stall in other centres.

A three-in-one mobile application to allow consumers to utilise cashless payments with store credits and to place orders electronically will be launched in the next six months.

Timbre has also proposed the implementation of a radio frequency identification (RFID) tray return system that is integrated with the centralised dishwashing area.

This will free up cleaners to focus on cleaning tables and common areas.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2017, with the headline 'New Yishun hawker centre to open in September'. Print Edition | Subscribe