Jurong West Hawker Centre Makes Grand Return

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They’re Back To Business with Enhanced Offerings After 3-Year Hiatus: 39 Upgraded Stalls and 580 Seats

October 5, 2023 — In a vibrant culinary resurgence, the Jurong West Hawker Centre, located adjacent to Pioneer Mall, made its soft debut on September 28, 2023. This notable development was shared by West Coast Group Representation Constituency MP, Desmond Lee, in a post on his official Facebook page the same day.

Though the official inauguration is slated for sometime in October 2023, eager patrons have already been flocking to the venue, with a majority of the stalls fully operational, as evident from photographs shared by Lee and numerous other online social media enthusiasts.

The revamped two-story establishment now boasts 39 gourmet outlets, marking an expansion from the previous 34. In a nod to public feedback and ongoing consultations, the wet market stalls have made room for additional culinary ventures.

Diners can now indulge in an array of sumptuous local delights ranging from the savoury wanton mee, aromatic nasi padang, value-for-money economy rice, succulent prawn noodles, crispy prata, and delectable pizza to the sweet minjiang kueh. For beverage enthusiasts, there’s the irresistible bubble tea and many more.

A noticeable transformation in the stall and seating arrangement graces the renovated hawker centre. Both have undergone significant enhancements and refurbishments. As per details released by the National Environment Agency (NEA) in January 2023, seating capacity has also been boosted to accommodate 580 patrons, marking an increase of 101 seats from the previous layout.

However, the journey to this grand re-emergence was marked with challenges. Managed by JW50 Hawker Heritage, a subsidiary of Chang Cheng Mee Wah Food, this establishment had remained closed for over three years. The hawker centre initially began its operations in 2017. Its erstwhile operator, Hawker Management, a unit under the Koufu Group umbrella, opted not to renew its contract post-August 6, 2020, attributing the decision to the venue’s subpar performance standards.

Data from May 2019 indicated a mere 50% occupancy rate of the available 48 wet market and hawker stalls in the two-story complex, as cited by The Straits Times. A subsequent announcement from NEA on May 5, 2020, confirmed the closure, initially estimating a 10-month hiatus.

Following the unexpected exit of Hawker Management, NEA revised its projections, announcing a reopening in the latter half of 2021.

As the Jurong West Hawker Centre welcomes visitors once again, it stands as a testament to rejuvenation, community feedback, and the unyielding spirit of Singapore’s culinary landscape.

Jurong West Hawker Centre Details:

Address: 50 Jurong West Street 61, #61, Singapore 648202
Operating Hours: 6 am to 10 pm daily
Closest Transport: Pioneer MRT

Stay tuned to DEI for more news and updates.

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