Freo's View

HOPING FOR BRIGHT FOMO FUTURE

 

 

A cool and wet day in Freo, so starting it off with a bit of colour from the Henderson Street carpark, which is part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project by Sirona Capital.

I must admit that in the current climate and Covid-19 economy I am anxious about the FOMO retail concept planned for our city square.

While there is some optimism about Fremantle’s future and the revitalisation of the CBD through residential, commercial, hospitality and tourism development, the pandemic will no doubt delay some of those projects and I just hope that FOMO will still start before Christmas this year, once the Walyalup Civic Centre is completed.

Roel Loopers

TARGET TO STAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2020

 

There have been rumours for years that the Target shop in Fremantle would be closing, and the recent announcement by Westfarmers that many Target stores around Australia will be closed, or become Kmart has created some anxiety in good old Freo.

I hear though that staff at Target in Fremantle have been told the shop will stay open and will remain a Target store, so that is very good news.

It makes a lot of sense that Westfarmers keep the Fremantle store open, with the Little Lane residential development next door in progress, the Woolstores hotel and residential development around the corner approved, and also the Hilton Doubletree hotel development, so the Target neighbourhood will become a lot busier in a few years from now.

Roel Loopers

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FREO PARKING RANGERS ARE BACK!

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2020

 

A friendly warning for all motorists that the City of Fremantle parking rangers are back on the beat. On street parking is still free, but the time restrictions will now be policed, so those of us who ignored the one hour parking signs, now better be aware!

Most of the City’s staff have now returned to the office at Fremantle Oval, so more coffee and food will be sold in the area.

Many traders have re-opened shops, cafes and restaurants, while others, such as the Key Sole footwear shops, have remained open during the entire Covid-19 restrictions period.

It is still a struggle for our traders, so please support them as much as you can, and take advantage of the free parking!

Roel Loopers

FREE HELP TO KICKSTART FREO SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in business, city of fremantle, hospitality, marketing, PR,, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2020

 

The offer of FREE PR, copy writing and photography support to help kick start small Fremantle businesses has been embraced by quite a few traders and that is keeping Ingrid, Saffi and I busy, but we have not communicated well what it is about, so here it is:

THREE PROFESSIONAL CREATIVES HELP KICKSTART LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

We are three Fremantle creatives who love Freo and have come together to provide a one-off service to local traders who have been affected by the Corona Virus restrictions and shutdowns.

If your small business is opening, re-opening or struggling to stay open, we’d like to give you a boost to let people know where you are and what you do.

SO WHO ARE WE?
Saffi Ali: Professional Photographer
http://www.facebook.com/saff.ali.7
0420 786 321

Ingrid Waltham: Advertising copywriter, online content writer and journalist. thewritingeditor@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheWritingEditor/?modal=admin_todo_tour
http://www.thewritingeditor.com.au

Roel Loopers: Professional photographer and Freo’s well-known and well-respected blogger. 
roelloopers48@gmail.com
http://www.freoview.wordpress.com

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
Any one or more of the following:
A complimentary photographic session (business premises and surrounds)
Tailored written content that you can use in advertising, social media or your website
Advice on ways to promote your business
Inclusion in Roel’s widespread blog, Freoview
Promotion of your business throughout our own networks and connections

This is a one-off service to small, local businesses in Fremantle and East Fremantle and is not intended to be part of an ongoing campaign, however we can provide further professional marketing services at negotiated rates if required.
This complimentary offer is available until 30 June 2020.

Call or email any one of us if we can help you!

Roel Loopers

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GIVING FREO KEY SOLE THE BOOT

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shoes, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2020

 

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Zane Mckercher of KEY SOLE in Fremantle has a very interesting way of promoting his shoe shops. Mckercher has been attacking me on my personal Facebook page for a few months now, claiming I never shop in Fremantle, although I do all my shopping in Freo.

I don’t believe I have ever met or spoken to Zane Mckercher, but he has an opinion about me anyway, albeit a very ignorant one, not based on any facts.

Yesterday’s blog post Support Our Fremantle Traders! received again criticism from Mckercher, who wrote on my Facebook page:

Zane Mckercher That’s an interesting quote Roel. 14 Years in Business, and never seen you in any of my stores. Lol
Your full of sh#t…….

Maybe start & practice what you preach

Imagine my smile then this morning, on my way to Chalkys for morning coffee, when I realised that the shoes I bought for $ 159.00 on Easter Saturday were bought from the new Key Sole shop in Market Street.

Mckercher’s unfair and aggressive criticism of me will make sure I’ll never buy anything from Key Sole ever again. Pretty clever marketing, Zane!

As far as I am concerned, support your local Freo traders, but give Key Sole the boot.

Roel Loopers

SUPPORT OUR FREMANTLE TRADERS!

 

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There are a lot of good stories about the Covid-19 crisis, with many Fremantle people saying that there is more kindness and consideration in the community, but some people are doing it really tough and are struggling, and that includes many small businesses.

Just imagine buying the High Street Dispensary cafe in the historic West End and a week after you have done so the social distancing restrictions are enforced. It’s just not fair!

Or the market stall holders at the Fremantle Markets not being able to trade, but the man in the photo has created a bazaar feeling by putting the clothes out in the Henderson Street mall, while he makes a lonely figure sitting on a chair placed on a rug.

The Korean BBQ at the markets in South Terrace has also opened for takeaway.

Support our small traders. They will be forever grateful!

Roel Loopers

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A FREMANTLE COVID-19 POEM

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, covid-19, fashion, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2020

 

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At the Gorman fashion shop in Fremantle’s Market Street they use poetry to deal with the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions:

We’re in store

Knock on the door

Come inside, limit of four

Clever!

Roel Loopers

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FREE PHOTO SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, photography, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2020

 

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My mate Saffi Ali had the idea of offering our professional photography services for FREE to local businesses, and of course I jumped on board, because I love to support our Freo traders.

So if you need promotional photography, or want to refresh your website or social media page, whatever, contact us and one of us will come and take professional photos of your business and staff, whatever is needed.

You can contacts Saffi Ali and me on our Facebook pages, but you are also welcome to text me on 0419850981 or email roelloopers48@gmail.com

Don’t be shy. This is a genuine offer of support with no strings attached!

Roel Loopers

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MORE SHOPS RE-OPEN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2020

 

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I am not sure if it is the sunshine and that it is a bit warmer in Fremantle, but there seems to be a real sense of optimism this Friday morning.

My short walk to Chalkys cafe became a socialising delight when I bumped into Notre Dame University‘s Chancellor Chris Ellison and had a nice chat with him.

Then I had a good talk with J Shed photographer Peter Zuvela, Fremantle Herald guru Steve Grant  and Little High Street residents Daniela Gregorieva and Craig Ross.

After that I chatted with lovely Fremantle Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan.

Nice to see shops such as Cotton On and Kathmandu and others re-opening in Fremantle, carparks packed full again, and OZ Australia‘s stunning new shop in the Manning building in the High Street mall.

It has been a very difficult time for many people and businesses, and some of the Covid-19 restrictions will be in place for many months to come, but we will be getting through this all together if we keep supporting our local businesses.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE DEALING WITH COVID-19

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2020

 

 

A few more historic photos of how Fremantle is coping with the coronavirus restrictions.

There are curb pick ups, take away, home deliveries and other adaptions to the social isolation challenges, so support our local businesses as best as you can.

Some businesses that closed are now opening again, such as Bousfields men’s wear in High Street that will open three days a week. Parlapa cafe in William Street is also reopening on May 4.

Roel Loopers

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