The world’s biggest retailers have been left out of a landmark deal to open a Western-style canteen in Singapore.
The move has been hailed as a boon to the economy by the Asian financial hub’s largest supermarket chain and is part of a broader push by Singapore to make it easier to access the global food market.
But its supporters argue that the canteen will help the country become more appealing to overseas customers, who want to shop locally.
In a statement, Singapore said it would give “a boost to the local and domestic economies by opening a fresh and healthy Western-styled canteen at its main shopping mall”.
It said the cantons canteen would be open from 1 February and the food would be delivered to the store at no extra cost.
The canteen, located on the third floor of the main mall, will be open “at the same time as the Singapore food service centres”, which are owned by Singapore’s biggest supermarkets.
The announcement comes a day after Singaporeans, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the cantonment, said they were in favour “of a Western canteen”.