A.R.V. Vivekraja (above) is the second-generation owner of ARV Stores, one of Singapore’s few remaining ‘mama shops’ – traditionally operated by Indians and popular in the city state during the 1980s and ’90s.

Why Singapore’s iconic ‘mama shops’ remain essential and enduring part of cityscape’s heritage

  • General provision stores traditionally run by Indians were found widely in housing estates in 1980s and ’90s before new supermarkets led to decline
  • ARV Stores – established in 1950s – has stayed open during Covid-19 outbreak and family-run business remains upbeat about the future