In the 1980s and 1990s, the Army Market was a favourite hangout for service members looking for army gear. Visiting the Army Market now brings back beautiful memories for many Singaporean men of their halcyon army days.
For enlistees awaiting National Service in Singapore, “First to Beach Road, Then to Army” was common knowledge. For many, the Beach Road Army Market was a crucial first stop. I, too, reported to the Army Market in the vicinity of an eagle-eyed shopkeeper as a nascent enlistee.
The shopkeeper’s years of experience were evident. She also recommended black tape, duct tape, extra admin clothes, Snake brand powder, and other items for my Basic Military Training. They did come in helpful, just as she had predicted.
The Army Market is located on the second floor of the Golden Mile Food Centre on Beach Road, while the food stalls are located on the ground and basement floors. The structure was built in 1975 to shelter street hawkers who had been relocated due to the construction of the Jalan Sultan compound.