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Posted 4 months ago

Walk in, grab and go at the new 24/7 unmanned convenience store located in Hougang Community Club. Octobox - whose first outlet is located in the NUS University Town, has made its debut entrance into the community. Opened in May 2021, it is also the first unmanned convenience store situated in Community Clubs. But, why put an unmanned convenience store in the CC? Mr Cher Kwang Siong, Chairperson of the Hougang Community Club Management Committee (CCMC) shares, "When my team and I were upgrading the community club, we had a few considerations. Our key priority was to introduce facilities and services that will bring value to the residents living around the area and visitors to the CC. We also wanted to refresh the image of the Community Club by introducing social enterprise-based businesses that are innovative and can provide affordable products and services to our residents." With these considerations, the team led by Mr Cher made personal visits to many different prospects to find suitable merchants. As a result, we see a Japanese-Korean vegetarian food cafe which is well received not only by the senior residents but also youths living around the area. It also includes Octobox - a convenience store for last-minute groceries and just a snack for late-night revisions. Mr Jeffrey Sun, 37, founder of Octobox adds, "With this unmanned store concept, we were able to save on operational cost. Through this, the savings are transferred back to consumers through very affordable pricing. We are also thankful for this opportunity to set up this outlet in the Hougang Community Club." Mr Cher adds, "With the cashless payment system, we see synergy with the Government's call to move towards a smart nation." He adds, "The community club has been collaborating with the IMDA Seniors Go Digital programme and other Digital literacy courses through the Senior Academy programme, where our residents can learn how to do e-payment. So now our residents not only get to learn the skills, but they can try it out here with the guidance of their IMDA Ambassadors. It is indeed a good opportunity for the Seniors to get their first experience of e-payment together with their trainers." If you are within the vicinity, do visit these new and innovative businesses located in Hougang Community Club. #PeoplesAssociation #LiveLifewithPA

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