New look for old food court


(From left) Quah, Tan and Syerleena handing over tables and chairs to a hawker at the food court.

SPRUCING up any place of business boosts the morale of the people there and with that in mind, a councillor has given the Jalan Akuarium food court a facelift.

New tables and chairs have been brought in, making the place located in Gelugor, Penang, look better.

Penang Island City councillor Tan Soo Siang used her allocation of RM10,000 to provide 100 tables and 400 chairs for the 20 stalls at the food court.

“We wanted to standardise the look of the food court.

“Before this, stall operators used their own tables and chairs which were not of the same make.

“It was once a private food court but was handed over to the council recently.

“Upgrading work like providing parking space for the disabled, a wheelchair ramp and new awnings has been carried out by the council.

“The council also fixed the drainage system and provided wash basins.

“Now, we want to standardise the look of the food court as there has been a decline in customers over the years.

“We want to make the food court look new.

“This will make the customers to feel safe while having meals here, ” she said.

Tan said each stall was put in charge of five tables and 20 chairs.

“The food court is operational and used to be popular back in the 1990s, ” said Tan.

“In its heyday, families used to hang out here all the time but it has since lost its luster.

“We want to help the operators gain more customers as there are stalls here offering a wide variety of food.”

Tan said councillor Quah Boon Lim contributed RM1,600 for the effort.

Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid said that extra upgrading work had been lined up.

The work will include putting up transparent canopies and creating space for street artists to busk at the food court on weekends.

Syerleena said the wear and tear of the food court’s amenities since the 80s and 90s had probably led to the decline in customers.

“Work must be done to maintain the place.

“The council has been carrying out upgrading work at the food court since 2018.

“This included adding proper lighting and trimming the trees at the site, ” she said.

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