Remember how Subang had a whole row of shop lots dedicated to bubble tea? Back then, no one cared if it made any business sense, all that mattered was that bubble tea was very much.. as Gretchen Wiener would put it, fetch. With the long lines just to get your hands on a cup, you’d be forgiven for thinking the cure for diabetes had been found.
That being said though, with a global pandemic and everything, it can be rather hard to get your fix. Yeah, there’s Grab and everything but nothing compares to the business good ol’ fashioned walk in customers can give.
While the MCO may have been good for us in the long run, it’s been an executioner of sorts for these businesses as they struggle to juggle both rent and employee salaries. As you can see from the pictures above, it’s really starting to show.
Thanks to a video by Keith Kuang on his facebook page, we also have video footage of the famous street. Can’t help but to get a post-apocalyptic vibe here.
When Reality Strikes!I see millions of dollars drained out,I see disappointment of the business owners,I see sadness,I see losing of hopes……At the same time,I see possibility in reshaping the ecosystem here,I see stablizing of demand and not speculationI choose to see HOPE!The wave is neither cruel or mercy, face it with no judgement, adjust our mentality and start to adapt the New Normal and may all business strive again!
Posted by Keith Kuang on Monday, 11 May 2020
Needless to say, it’s a sad sight to see but at least it answers the age old question of whether or not there’s such a thing of too many bubble tea outlets.