Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) how many exits from the hawker industry occurred in 2022; and (b) what has been the impact of inflation in the past year on the number of hawkers who have exited the industry.
Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien: In 2022, there were 342 cooked food stall tenancy terminations in hawker centres managed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) or NEA-appointed operators. This works out to an average of 29 terminations a month, which is comparable to the monthly average of 30 terminations between 2017 and 2019, prior to the COVID-19 years. Vacancy rates at hawker centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators have continued to remain low and stable.
Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment
20 March 2023