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Last Hock Lam Beef Outlet Set to Close

06 May 2019

SINGAPORE - Labour woes have claimed yet another food and beverage establishment, with Hock Lam Beef at Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) set to close on July 11, the date its lease at the mall ends.

It is the last of the 108-year-old Hock Lam Beef chain's outlets, known for its signature kway teow with hand-cut beef - either coated in a thick gravy or served in a herbal broth made with a mix of 13 herbs and beef bones.

The brand's fourth-generation owner Tina Tan, 44, announced the closure on its Facebook page on Thursday (2 May), citing the "ever increasing manpower issue" as the sole reason.

She wrote in the Facebook post: "I may be labelled as stubborn because of my insistence on using only handmade and hand sliced methods to handle all my beef and side dishes, therefore, the labour-intensive problems hit us the most when the government keeps revising the policy on hiring foreigners."

Ms Tan later told The Straits Times that she received an overwhelming response from the media and public after her shock announcement.

On whether she would consider other options to keep her business afloat, she said: "I did want to expand and look for investment in the past, and people had approached me for partnerships. But I did not think of another avenue when I made the Facebook post. I have not thought of selling the business.

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Source: The Straits Times

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