Tiong Bahru residents, you probably know this already. But for the rest of Singapore, heads up — crowd favorite Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre is reopening tomorrow. After its three-month facelift, the building with 259 market stalls and 83 hawker stalls will feature newly-tiled floors, a new coat of paint, and new fixtures.
The next time you lunch at the hawker centre on the second floor, you’ll find seven high-volume, low-speed fans, six LCD screens, energy-efficient lights and retractable sun shades. There’ll also be tables with moveable seats for those in wheelchairs. By the end of the year, solar panels will be up on the rooftop — this will reduce electricity usage within the space.
According to The Straits Times, the scene at the market yesterday saw workers carrying out the last of the renovation works, including laying cement and painting, while hawkers set up their wares in their stalls. But some hawkers lamented about the lack of time to prepare before the opening — several of them only returned to the market on Wednesday to clean, install equipment and prep ingredients, so don’t expect all the stalls to be open tomorrow.
If you’re really looking forward to having your favorite chwee kueh/carrot cake/wanton noodles, your safest bet is to go next week, when all the hawkers are more likely to be back in business.