Be a Hawker Today! Hawker Centre at Ci Yuan Community Centre Hougang Ave 9 opens in August 2015
Social enterprise will run new hawker centre with a 24-hour dining section
Singapore, 8 June 2015 – The new hawker centre co-located with Ci Yuan Community Club at Hougang Avenue 9 will open for business starting in August 2015. The centre will have 40 cooked food stalls with 640 seats. It is the first of the 20 new hawker centres announced by the Government to commence operations. Residents can look forward to enjoying affordable food at the new centre, which will also be equipped with tray-return facilities, natural ventilation and family-friendly features such as child-friendly toilet facilities and family-friendly seating.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has appointed Fei Siong Food Management Pte Ltd as the managing agent for the new hawker centre at Ci Yuan Community Club on a not-for-profit basis. Fei Siong Food Management’s proposal was selected following the evaluation of the five proposals received for NEA’s Request for Proposal (RFP) made in November 2014. NEA will work closely with Fei Siong Food Management on the implementation of the alternative management model at the new centre.
The RFP was a follow-up to the recommendations made by the Hawker Centres Public Consultation Panel in 2012 and the Request for Information (RFI) exercise that was conducted in early 2014. Second Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Ms Grace Fu, had also mentioned in her 2015 Committee of Supply Debate speech in Parliament that by inviting managing agents to operate our new hawker centres, they would bring new ideas as well as their experience in food and beverage operations, property and lease management, to diversify food options, enhance the dining experience at the hawker centres, while keeping food prices affordable.
NEA will require the managing agent, Fei Siong Food Management, to enhance the vibrancy of the centre by providing an all-day dining experience, maintain high standards for cleanliness in the centre and moderate food prices to ensure affordable meals for the residents. The proposal by Fei Siong Food Management has shown a strong emphasis on achieving social objectives and preserving traditional hawker food. It will set up a social enterprise subsidiary to manage the hawker centre.
As the centre is to be managed on a not-for-profit basis, Fei Siong Food Management will use any operating surplus for the benefit of the hawker centre, to improve vibrancy and create social benefits. It also proposed to have a section of the hawker centre with stalls that would operate 24 hours to provide residents with all-day dining options. Fei Siong Food Management’s expertise and experience in managing food establishments and operations will enable it to enhance the vibrancy of the new hawker centre and provide affordable food options to the community in a clean and hygienic environment.
At least 20 of the 40 cooked food stalls in the new hawker centre would be under Fei Siong Food Management’s Entrepreneurship Programme. This aims to provide a head start for young or new hawkers who wish to enter the hawker trade but lack the capital and knowledge to run a hawker stall. As the managing agent, Fei Siong Food Management has also proposed to operate two stalls offering food items with lower prices of between $0.80 for a cup of coffee and $2.80 for a bowl of signature fish ball noodles, to serve as a benchmark for the other stalls in the centre.
The other 38 stalls are required to provide at least two food items within a specific price range based on Fei Siong Food Management’s price guidelines. Fei Siong Food Management has also proposed an average monthly stall rental in the range of $1,500 to $1,800, which is comparable to the average monthly market rental paid by stallholders in existing hawker centres in the Hougang area.Members of the public who are interested in operating a stall at the hawker centre at Ci Yuan Community Club can contact Fei Siong Food Management at 9828 8089 or
. NEA will continue to ensure that members of the public can enjoy a wide variety of hygienic and affordable food at their favourite hawker centres.