SINGAPORE – Residents in the new Bidadari housing estate can look forward to more food options, with the Woodleigh Village Hawker Centre slated to open in the second half of 2023.
Located in Block 202C Woodleigh Link, which is beside the upcoming Woodleigh Mall and near Woodleigh MRT station, it will have 39 food stalls and more than 700 seats.
Socially conscious enterprises are invited to submit tenders for the management of the hawker centre, according to a tender published by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Dec 16. They can be social enterprises and cooperative societies.
With limited choices in the area currently, residents The Straits Times spoke to are looking forward to the roll-out of the hawker centre.
Ms Amanda Chia, 37, said the coffee shops in the area are small and offer limited options. There are currently two coffee shops in the new housing estate. When fully developed, Bidadari is expected to have about 10,000 residential units.
“My helper eats halal food, so she has limited choices here,” added Ms Chia who works in the healthcare industry.
Future residents like Ms Annie Loh, 52, who will be moving into the area in March, hope that the hawker centre will offer cheaper meals.
Noting that the price of food is rising, even in hawker centres elsewhere, Ms Loh, who works in the logistics industry, said: “It will be an everyday affair so the price range definitely matters.”
Business development manager Ryan Lim, 36, who has lived in the area since 2020, said: “If I want fancier meals, there are a lot of malls nearby. But for hawker food, I think at the end of the day, it’s always price point.”
The Woodleigh Village Hawker Centre will add to others that opened islandwide in 2022.
Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Amy Khor said in a Facebook post in December that despite construction delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, four new hawker centres – Fernvale, One Punggol, Senja and Bukit Canberra – as well as two replacement ones in Market Street and Margaret Drive began operations.
“Together, the four new hawker centres added a total of 134 new cooked food stalls,” she noted.