Nasi kandar outlet cuts prices to keep customers

A delivery rider collecting a customer’s food order from Hameediyah Restaurant in Campbell Street, George Town. The outlet offers free delivery for those who order 10 packs or more.

FANCY a plate of spice-rich delicious nasi kandar for just RM6?

This tempting offer is from Hameediyah, the country’s oldest and one of the most popular nasi kandar restaurants.

With the present slow economy affecting the business sector in Penang, nasi kandar restaurants are offering low prices previously unheard of while partnering with delivery services which are seeing an increase in demand.

Hameediyah saw a 60% decline in business after the conditional movement control order began.

Its director Muhammad Riyaaz Syed Ibrahim said they faced an unprecedented difficult time as people do not appear to have as much disposable income to dine out like before.

“We have introduced daily promotional meals priced as low as RM6, even including a free drink.

“The set meal is named PKPB after the Malay short form for the conditional MCO. It is available till the end of this month.

“But business is still declining as people rarely dine in now.

“It is cumbersome for them as they cannot travel in large numbers and the tables are assigned for only two people at any one time, ” he said.

Muhammad Riyaaz said that apart from the set meals, Hameediyah also offers free delivery for those who order 10 or more packs.

“We do not see many dine-in customers and to save costs, we closed one of our branches along Campbell Street.

“The main one along Campbell Street is operating as usual but we do see more people ordering via our delivery services.

“We are hoping business will pick up so we can reopen the other branch soon.

“In the past, many of our customers at this branch were tourists from other states.

“The inter-state travel ban has hurt us a lot whereas our other branches have more local customers, ” he said.

On the flip side, business seems to be doing well for those involved in food delivery.

Folo, a food and goods delivery service in Penang, offers discounts for the delivery of food and goods from their partner restaurants and merchants.

A representative said business went up after the conditional MCO was implemented.

“We provide courier, parcel and food delivery services statewide.”

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