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Jakarta Post

MRT spurs business activity around stations

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  01:41 pm
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People crowd Bundaran HI Station in Central Jakarta to try out the MRT. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Businesses around stations had been suffering while the MRT was under construction but have been reinvigorated since operations for the first phase began in March, taking advantage of the increasing number of people using the new mode of transportation. Several coffee shops around Cipete Raya Station in South Jakarta now find themselves in a prime location to serve commuters. One of them is Excelso, located on Jl. Fatmawati Raya, less than 50 meters from one of the MRT station exits. Its manager, Felix, told The Jakarta Post that the three-story building the shop stood in had been around for quite a while and for a long time had only housed Japanese restaurant Ko’ji, which had been operating for two years on the second floor. “It was not until July that we decided to set up a coffee shop on the ground floor, just below the restauran...