Singapore’s Yishun Park Hawker Centre, with 45 cooked-food stalls and about 750 seats, will open in September.
There will be built-in tray returns, as well as features such as family seating and children’s toilets. A Games Square will offer pinball machines and arcade games, as well as feature sports matches on large screens.
Timbre Group will manage the hawker centre on a not-for-profit basis, says the National Environment Agency (NEA).
To ensure affordable meals for the residents, each stall will have at least one basic meal priced at S$3 (US2.17).
Two “incubator stalls” will be set aside for potential hawkers, to support new entrants and sustain the hawker trade. These hawkers will go through a one-year incubation period, after which Timbre will help place them in its network of F&B outlets, or refer them to the NEA to apply for a hawker stall in other centres.
A three-in-one mobile app that will allow consumers to make cashless payments with store credits and to place orders electronically will be launched in the next six months.
Timbre has also proposed a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tray-return system integrated with the centralised dishwashing area, freeing up cleaners to focus on cleaning tables and common areas.