The opportunity of Minimart in worker dormitory
Mini-mart is one of the commercial amenities in most Singapore dormitories to meet the requirement of allowing workers to cook. Since migrant workers are advised to stay inside dorms after the incident at Little India, minimarts’ business is expected to be benefit from this.
Some cooling-off measures, like the suspension of private bus services from dorms to Little India, are adopted. Some migrant workers chose stay inside the dorms in the weekend; others would hang out in the shopping center nearby. It resulted in ‘70% decrease of takings of grocery and electronic stores along Serangoon Road in Little India last weekend’ (Amelia 2013). The incredible drop of grocery business in Little India, on the contrary, dormitory’s minimart business is boosting. For example, ‘a dormitory minimart in Seletar Farmway usually sells about 20kg each of vegetables and meat daily. This has gone up to 25kg to 30kg since 16 Dec, 2013 and will be higher this weekend…’ (Feng and Rachel 2013).
Due to most of migrant workers prefer to stay in the dorms during weekend recently; minimart owner shall grasp this opportunity through providing competitive price, fresher and wider variety foods as comparing shops in Serangoon Road to attract workers to shop in their store after the cooling measures.
Amelia Tan 2013, Quiet Sunday In Little India As Foreign Workers Choose To Stay Away, [online]. Available at URL: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/little-india-riot/story/quiet-sunday-little-india-foreign-workers-choose-stay-away-201 [Accessed 19 Dec 2013].
Feng Zengkun and Rachel Au-yong 2013, Dorm Operators Rustle Up Many Weekend Activities, [online]. Available at URL: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/dorm-operators-rustle-many-weekend-activities?page=0%2C0 [Accessed 19 Dec 2013].
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