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TWO NEW FREO SHOPS

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

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Two new shops recently opened in the centre of Fremantle.

On the weekend MOP opened its donuts, hotdogs and gelato shop next to the Capri restaurant on the Cappuccino Strip.

Two days ago Enzo D’Alessandro opened his new hairsalon on the corner of Mouat and High Street, as part of Notre Dame University’s street-level activation.

Support our local traders!

 

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WHICH ARE FREMANTLE’S BEST RETAIL DAYS!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

Retailers in the Fremantle CBD are saying it is not necessarily true that Freo is only a weekend shopping destination, with some stating that they do better business during the week.

Robert Bodkins of the cosy Bodkin’s Bootery in High Street has mentioned this a few times to me now, so I would like to see the City of Fremantle or BID do a survey to find out which the best days of trading are for retailers.

From my own observation cafes and restaurants do very well on weekends, but some in the West End do also very well during the week as Notre Dame University staff and students support their businesses.

I’d love to see some facts on this, so who will take it on CoF, BID, Chamber of Commerce and do a proper survey?

 

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BUSY FREO WEEKEND GOOD FOR TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, retail, tourism by freoview on September 17, 2017

 

 

I am always happy for our traders when I see a lot of visitors in Fremantle on weekends, because most week days are not very good for retailers and the food businesses in Freo.

Great to see the Fishing Boat Harbour Piazza and the Char Char Bull restaurant renovations now completed and open to the public.

Down the road at Little Creatures there is a Sunday art market, and at the Fremantle Markets there was the delightful buzz of every weekend.

 

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PERMANENT FESTIVAL FOR FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

This is such big and good news for Fremantle that I have simply copied it off the Fremantle Mayor’s blog, since I did not receive any information about this from Sirona Capital or the City of Fremantle, which is disappointing.

Kings Square Fremantle will play host to a semi-permanent festival under a radical but carefully curated multimillion-dollar plan for a borderless retail, community and entertainment precinct.

FOMO, as the precinct has been christened, will reverse the effect of decades of neglect to allow Fremantle to reclaim its status as a thriving tourist destination, according to Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly, the developer of the $270 million office, retail, church and civic precinct.

“We threw out the retail rule book,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the unique personality of Fremantle to create a retail environment where the journey will be as important as the destination.”

The flavour of FOMO, the 5783sqm retail space at the heart of Kings Square, will be devised in a series of workshops with the community, artists and musicians of Fremantle, highlighting and intensifying the best of Fremantle’s makers and artisans.

The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.Picture: Supplied

 

Its precincts include Street Alley, Tidal Land and Newman Court — a food space with slow food, good food, fast and fresh food which then morphs into spaces selling homewares, fashion and homemade goods.

Radical retail architect, HDR Rice Daubney principal Susanne Pini, said the double-storey Emporium (the former Myer building) would echo a “cool container” with an eclectic mix of organic and free flowing retail concepts.

For example, an area called The Daily, will offer local makers workspace, gallery, retail space around the base of the old carpark area and a window for passing pedestrians into how artisans bring their ideas to life.

City of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said FOMO will be an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.

The project, to include two office campuses with 20,400sqm of A-grade office space, a revamped 800 bay carpark and outdoor retail, entertainment and eating spaces and a new $50 million civic precinct for the City of Fremantle, was “a unique opportunity to take a retail risk”, Mr McNeilly, said.

The office complex will house more than 1500 workers and Mr McNeilly said that in curating and intensifying the appealing elements of Fremantle, FOMO would almost double the number of tourists visiting Fremantle from 1.6 million to 3 million a year.

FREE FREO KINGS SQUARE PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017
 

Good news for Fremantle CBD traders and shoppers!

The City of Fremantle will trial free one hour on-street (kerbside) parking at locations in Paddy Troy Mall, William Street, Queen Street and High Street (east) to support local traders during the Kings Square Project construction.

The decision to offer free parking follows a number of meetings Freo City had with traders and representatives of the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID), to discuss how CoF could support them.

Other priorities identified include additional directional signage, the removal of alfresco fees; and events and activities to continue to attract people to Kings Square during construction

The City will trial the free parking for 12 months and if successful, will extend it throughout the Kings Square renewal which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

 Free parking at these locations is expected to take effect later this month once new signage is installed to reflect the new rules.  Time restrictions will remain in place from 9.00am–5.00pm.

 

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SPECIAL WRAY AVENUE HUB

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

 

Traders in the lovely Fremantle Wray Avenue hub are hopeful that the planned new public car park on the Stan Reilly site will be a boost to their businesses, as some of them have seen a significant downturn in trade since the downgrading of Fremantle Hospital and the closure of the emergency ward.

The popular Lenny the OX cafe has closed, but renovations are under way for The MOD, the Modern Cafe that already has a new mural painted on the wall.

My friend Natalie at Luce Del Sol can’t wait for warmer weather, in the hope the sales of swimwear will increase drastically as it has been pretty quiet recently.

I always like walking or driving past Frank’s the butcher and seeing all the signs in front of the shop, and love the atmosphere at Galati’s.

The Fremantle Oval Project will bring Wray Avenue a bit closer to the Cappuccino Strip and some street beautification between Parry Street and Wray Avenue would also help.

 

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FREMANTLE VACANCIES NOT TOO BAD

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, real estate, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

Fremantle is doing pretty well in the commercial vacancy rate comparison with other councils.

The West Australian this week released the vacancy figures for Bayview Terrace in Claremont at 10.16%, Napoleon Street in Cottesloe at 6.81% and Rokeby Road in Subiaco at 5.94%, but failed to mention Fremantle shopping streets.

The best performing street was Oxford Street in Leederville that has no vacancies.

When we compare Freo’s main shopping streets we are doing alright here and it is not as bleak as some people think.

Commercial vacancies in Fremantle high streets are:

  • High Street mall and west end 5%
  • South Terrace 3%
  • Cappuccino Strip and Market Street 5%

However the more run-down part of Fremantle that is waiting to be developed has higher vacancy rates:

  • Cantonment Street 16%
  • Adelaide Street 21%

Adelaide Street is of course waiting for the Hilton Hotel and Little Laneway (Spotlight site) developments, while Cantonment Street will be transformed with the Woolstores shopping centre development.

 

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FREO LANDLORDS SHOULD FOLLOW SUBI

Posted in city of fremantle, property, real estate, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

According to today’s POST newspaper Subiaco’s Rokeby Road is making a major comeback, due to landlords halving rents and Subiaco Council dropping alfresco and trading fees.

While vacancy rates in Fremantle are lower than the average in the metro area, high rents in our port city are a major worry for small retailers, and Fremantle Council is powerless to do anything about it.

I have suggested before that Freo Council should relax its alfresco fees during the Kings Square development to help traders in the area and should allow retailers to offer their wares out on the street.

Subiaco Council has offered bollards, space and decking to hospitality operators, so that creating alfresco spaces does not put a huge financial burden on them. Something the CoF should consider, I believe.

 

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ABOUT FREO SKATEBOARDS AND MARSHMALLOWS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, retail, shopping, skating, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2017

 

Just a little Freo’s View free community service and promotion for two new businesses in Fremantle.

1991 Skateshop has opened shop at 7/2 Cantonment Street and is a core skateboard shop. Owned and run exclusively by skateboarders, 1991 Skateshop has a huge range of skateboard decks, hardware, shoes and apparel online and in store.

Check it out!

Little Polkadot Pantry  at 147 South Terrace is the home of Perth’s first artisan marshmallow salon located within The Coop @ The Corner Store.

It features a beautiful handmade marshmallow centric menu created by some of the most exciting pastry chefs in Perth. With a focus on local and small batch a carefully curated daily menu (inc sweet & savoury) features along with a pantry stocked with local artisan goodness.       

A fine selection of Seven Seas Tea & Karvan Coffee is available from “Betsy” the marshmallow pink Wega machine to compliment the artisan treats along with a healthy dose of good old fashioned service.

Support our local businesses. They are doing it tough!

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WE HAVE A COMMON GROUND TO SUPPORT FREO TRADERS!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

COMMON GROUND the retail collective in Fremantle High Street has moved to the smaller premises next door in the same building.

These are challenging times for retailers all over Australia and they need the support of the entire Freo community.

It would be nice to see the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce taking positive action and support our traders through promotion, rather than just criticising the City of Fremantle,

The Fremantle City marketinging department and BID should get the support from an organisation that claims to represent the business community.

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