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Updated: 12/15/2013 20:21 | By Channel NewsAsia

Alcohol ban hits businesses in Little India

Alcohol ban hits businesses in Little India

Alcohol ban hits businesses in Little India

SINGAPORE: Businesses in Little India have taken a hit since the alcohol ban was implemented on Saturday.

And it's not just affecting shops which sell liquor. Fruit and vegetable sellers are feeling the heat on the second day of the liquor ban in Little India.

One of the shops, Shahina Trading, saw a 40 per cent drop in business.

"Usually it's very crowded on Sundays and Saturdays. Today, very little are coming," said Jo Matthew, owner of Shahina Trading.

Others fruit and vegetable sellers in the vicinity shared the same sentiments.

Some shop owners said what concerned them most was the suspension of bus services which ferry workers into Little India as the workers make up the majority of their customer base.

These workers usually buy items such as food and other necessities.

Businesses licensed to sell alcohol were hit hard.

One shop owner said he suffered an 80 per cent loss in business on the first day of the liquor ban.

R.M. Suresh, managing director of Pamban Trading, said there were no customers, including locals, on Saturday.

On an average Sunday, Mr Suresh said he usually sees about 300 customers but he is doubtful that many will come, and is expecting a total loss of S$10,000 in takings for the weekend.

Restaurant Aromas of India said while it saw a 40 per cent drop in business on Saturday, the requests for home deliveries doubled.

On Saturday, the restaurant had 20 orders for home delivery, compared to an average of 10 to 13.

Foreign workers Channel NewsAsia spoke with said they only came to Little India to run errands or had prior commitments.

For now, shopkeepers are hoping to see their business pick up in the coming days.

- CNA/fa

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