SINGAPORE – All coffeeshops leased from the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will have to offer budget meal options from 2026.
Announcing this at the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on Thursday (2 March), Senior Minister of State for National Development Sim Ann said that the Ministry of National Development (MND) have seen the success of the PQM (Price Quality Framework) framework where new tenders of rental coffeeshops were required to provide six budget meals and a budget drink.
Operators who successfully tendered for HDB coffeeshops under this framework typically provided budget food options averaging S$3, she noted.
"Having seen the success of this implementation of budget meals at new rental coffeeshops, we will be extending this requirement to older coffeeshops due for their three-yearly tenancy renewal from May 2023 onwards," Sim said. "This will make the availability of cheaper food options in coffeeshops more certain and pervasive, as coverage of the budget meal regime will be extended to almost half of all coffeeshops and cover all HDB towns by 2026."
This means that by 2026, all 374 HDB coffeeshops will offer budget meal options. There are another 402 coffeeshops owned and managed by private operators.
As a start, Sim added, the HDB coffeeshops will be required to provide budget prices for four meals, instead of six, and two drinks as a condition for renewal.
"To help rental coffeeshop operators and stallholders with this transition, they will be offered a rental discount of 5 per cent off their renewal rents for one year, from the time the new requirements are in place," Sim said.