When it's renovation time, some hawkers move or quit

Ms Francesca Ung and her business partner Darrel Krishnan have been running Penang Chiak Ho Liao at Chinatown Complex, which closes on Friday for renovation. They have yet to decide on their future plans.
Ms Francesca Ung and her business partner Darrel Krishnan have been running Penang Chiak Ho Liao at Chinatown Complex, which closes on Friday for renovation. They have yet to decide on their future plans.ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

They often use the months-long downtime to mull over their future in the business

Six days a week, from 6am to 9pm, hawker Lick Su, 74, is on his feet preparing and serving bowls of Teochew fish soup and porridge at Chin Chau Lou stall in Chinatown Complex food centre in Smith Street.

But when the food centre, Singapore's largest, closes on Friday for a three-month renovation, he will hang up his apron for good.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'When it's renovation time, some hawkers move or quit'. Print Edition | Subscribe