[Updated: McDonald’s King Albert Park will cease operations 16th March 2014, Sunday 23:59 hours. Go take your photos there!]
If you have not heard, King Albert Park fondly known as K.A.P has been sold to Oxley Holdings for $150 million. That would mean all seven units, including the favourites Cold Storage, Island Creamery and yes, McDonald’s at KAP would be closing and saying goodbye.
Online voices are not too happy about it – that an “iconic 20 year place” is going to be turned into another condominium; that they are losing part of their memories; and this is coming right after the closure of East Coast Park.
To many, they do not understand the “sadness” and fuss… Good riddance to another fast food restaurant. But there is another group of people who feels lost about the fate of this “heritage site”.
I digged out my old photos taken at King Albert Park for your amusement
We belong to the Generation Y. Many of whom grew up studying in McDonalds throughout their teenage years, perhaps also where we celebrated our childhood birthdays, had our first Happy Meals, queued up for the Millennium Hello Kitty… where we spent our tears and joys. And we already lost those at Far East Plaza and East Coast.
The NP, HCJC, NJC, ACJC, CHS, NYGS, and MGS students can perhaps identify more.
Taken when I was 17. The McDonald’s figurines are still there!
The nostalgic KAP McDonalds is where I spent many days studying my A’s, where I would hang out after tiring choir practices slurping on large coke and piled up fries, and also where I had one of my first date!
The other spectrum of the population may not be able to understand. Perhaps they can if Orchard Cineleisure would to give way to an ERP one day.
I went back to have some Spicy Nuggets (Yes, the McNuggets is more delicious than the normal ones, except I missed the old curry sauce). The environment feels almost the same with families chit-chatting in an friendly and open two-storey environment, and students enjoying their bonding together. The manager actually came up to small-talk with me.
I am ready to let KAP go. But I do wonder about growing up in a country where I do not recognise the buildings around anymore.
11 King Albert Park #01-01,#01-02 & #01-05 McDonald’s Place Singapore 598292 Tel: +65 6564 4881
Opening Hours: 24 hours (Fri-Sat), 5.30am – 2am (Sun – Thu)
Last Day: 16th March 2014, Sunday 23:59