Tuition centres, Korean restaurants and dance studios now make up the majority of shops seen in Singapore’s Beauty World Centre.
Built in 1984 to house over 150 stalls from the old Beauty World Market, the strata mall’s original shopowners are struggling with the changing times, even with Beauty World MRT located nearby. Photo developer Mr Chan, with his defunct Konica printing machine, has decided to close his unit and hears that a 7-Eleven will be opening up where his shop was. Traditional Chinese Medical Hall shopowner Mr Ho is waiting eagerly for an en bloc sale as his TCM business struggles to stay afloat.
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