"With the rent raised, my wife and I will just retire and hope the government will take care of us well." said Mr. Kwan
The shutters are finally coming down at Wing Woo Ho, a grocery store popular among locals and tourists that has been doing business in Central for more than 80 years.
For the past six years, owner Kwan Moon-chiu has been paying HK$10,000 a month in rent for his space in a century- old building at the corner of Graham and Wellington streets.
Kwan's shop stands to be demolished in a controversial HK$487 million redevelopment that rips the heart out of one of Hong Kong's oldest neighborhoods centred on Central's last surviving street market on Graham and Peel Streets.