Since its facelift in 2011, Pulau Tikus Market has become more than just a place to go to for groceries and hawker fare.
For many local residents, flocking to the centrally located Pulau Tikus Market is a morning ritual. It is a popular place for groceries and daily essentials; vendors selling anything from meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits and spices to newspapers, clothing and flowers clamour for the attention of shoppers.
And for students and workers heading into town, it is a strategic breakfast pit stop. The coffee shops and hawker stalls that surround the market serve local delights like char koay kak, chicken rice, mee rebus, hokkien mee, satay and lok lok.
But although the market has been a part of life for many Penangites, it was always poorly maintained in the past. Floors were badly cracked and the metal supporting pillars were often attacked by rust.
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