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Opened in 1983 to centralise the distribution of fruit, vegetables and dried goods, the wholesale centre attracts both retailers and consumers alike. The 26-block complex which is about 20 football fields in size, houses some 1,405 stalls, shops, offices and cold rooms. The site has its own canteen and an auction hall where hundreds of wet market vendors and restaurant owners bid for the freshest groceries in the wee hours.
Where: 1 Wholesale Centre. It is located off West Coast Highway, opposite Haw Par Villa.
When: It is open 24 hours, but business is most brisk between midnight and 6am.