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Lau Pa Sat to reopen in June after delays

The famous Lau Pa Sat food court in the central business district is set to reopen at the end of June, after a series of delays in its renovation schedule.

SINGAPORE: The famous Lau Pa Sat food court in the central business district is set to reopen at the end of June, after a series of delays in its renovation schedule.

The S$4-million project is the first major facelift of Lau Pa Sat in over seventeen years, since the Kopitiam group took over.

But some tenants are unhappy to see the opening dates pushed back as staff had to be paid for more months of closure.

They have asked to be compensated by having the first two months of their rent waived when the food court reopens.

Kopitiam said tenants were initially offered a temporary stall at another location and at a lower rent but none took it up.

It added that the delays are due to various agencies having to inspect the site to ensure it keeps its cultural heritage.

Jacqueline Lim, Lau Pa Sat Kopitiam’s centre manager, said: "Tenants probably view this as a simple food court but Lau Pa Sat is gazetted as a monument building. There are a lot of architectural elements. And while we are trying to revamp Lau Pa Sat to bring out the best of what we can on the heritage aspect, there is compliance that we have to work with all the authorities."

The renovations will also see the number of stalls scaled down from over 80 to 68. Kopitiam said this is to create more seats for patrons and for some stall holders to enjoy larger stall areas.

Ms Lim added: "This is… a S$4-million project that we're looking at that is, at the end of the day, is for the benefit of all the tenants as well as Lau Pa Sat. With this new revamp, we are expecting more crowds, more business for these tenants."

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