Letter: Yu Hsiang Garden closing

Posted 4/21/22

To abruptly force Yu Hsiang to terminate its local business in the name of "efficiency" of some planned improvements by a new mall owner seems outrageous.

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Letter: Yu Hsiang Garden closing

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For 33 years, Yu Hsiang has been a rock-solid good neighbor. It has endured nearby road  construction blockages, the calamity of 9/11,  the financial crisis of 2008, the advent of COVID, and yet somehow managed to  offer a diverse clientele consistently excellent food and warm, personalized  hospitality. 

To abruptly force the restaurant to terminate its local business in the name of "efficiency" of some planned improvements by a new mall owner seems outrageous. Restaurant owner  Vincent and his family have over the past two years suffered  through drastically-changed  pandemic rules  that forced closure of the restaurant's dining room and undercut its business. To terminate the lease now, shortly after the dining room reopened and normalcy seemed to be returning, is grossly unfair. If one tenant can be allowed to continue  to operate for additional  time  because of the serendipitous timing of its lease, surely a 33-year tenant like Yu Hsiang -- one that has undoubtedly been a great benefit to the mall -- should have been extended the same courtesy. It  is highly ironic that Yu Hsiang's ouster comes at the hands of Provco, a firm  which advertises that it seeks financial success "while honoring the integrity and building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships."  

Whatever the results of the refurbishing of the strip mall, one thing seems certain.  The mall will never house a finer tenant, one that will better and longer serve this community, than Yu Hsiang Garden. Many thanks to Vincent and his family for innumerable fine meals and happy memories.

Donald Lewis 

Wyndmoor

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