Old shops face new realities


Change has been coming to Pulau Tikus, as it has in most other places. A few old businesses survive – and some are even thriving – in the changing landscape.

Pulau Tikus is one of the upmarket districts in Penang. A fair amount of bungalows, colonial buildings and highend condominiums is located in the area, alongside commercial buildings like Burmah House and Belissa Row.

But changes have been coming, as they have everywhere else on the island. Being an old district, Pulau Tikus is home to many old-world small businesses, some of which have existed for well over half a century. Penang Monthly speaks to three such establishments about the history behind their businesses and the realities that they face.

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