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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.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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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!

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

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FREO ALDI OPENING JULY 12

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

ALDI 1

 

ALDI will be opening at the South Fremantle Market Place on the corner of Douro and Hampton Road on July 12, so mid next week.

It will no doubt attract even more shoppers to the area after Dan Murphy, Woolworth, the Reject Store and others already activated the area.

There is also a post office, Bakers Delight, a newsagency, chemist, and Liquorland there, and lots of three-hour free parking.

Roel Loopers

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POSITIVE SIGNS FOR KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

 

carpark

 

The Fremantle Kings Square project is not the bad news some people want us to believe it will be.

Food related businesses will no doubt serve many meals to the many construction workers who will be on site, and the streets around the square won’t be blocked off, so access should not be a big issue.

Very good news also that the Queensgate carpark will remain open to the public, but run by contractors for Sirona Capital.

The City of Fremantle is also providing extra car bays in the CBD on the large vacant block next to the Point Street carpark and along Adelaide Street. It will be managed by the CoF as a public carpark until the SKS Group starts building the Hilton Doubletree hotel there.

All day parking at the Woolstores shopping centre is only $ 9.00, so take advantage of that and Point Street is also around that price.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BUSINESS WINNERS DESERVE RECOGNITION!

My sincere apologies to the Fremantle businesses and individuals who won an award at the Fremantle Business Awards 2017 for not having acknowledged your achievements on Freo’s View!

I have been trying to get a list of winners from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since Monday this week.

I emailed CEO Olwyn Williams on Monday and asked her again last night at Fremantle Council, but disappointingly I have not received any information from the FCOC to date.

Congratulations to all the winners and I am sorry I can’t mention you by name because that information is not available to me. ; >(

Roel Loopers

VELVET SUSHI FASHION GYPSY

Posted in fashion, fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2017

 

Velvet Sushi

 

Fremantle’s VELVET SUSHI fashion boutique is a bit of a Gypsy and always on the move.

They had to move out of the Queensgate building in William Street due to the Kings Square Project development and are now a bit hidden away in the apartment building at Bannister Street, so go and support this lovely local business ladies!

Roel Loopers

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VILLA LA FRANCE FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

 

It’s Vive La France! in the Fremantle High Street Mall with new homeware shop VILLA opening.

The shop looks great and also sells French poster art, furniture and all kinds of stuff, so go and have a look soon.

The owner told me that they do have plans to open up next door as well and start a French cafe if business is alright, so support them!

Roel Loopers

P.S. This is a community service and not an advertorial! I don’t make any money from publishing this blog.

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FREO BID APPOINTS INTERIM CEO

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017

 

Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District has appointed Nicci Workum as the interim CEO of the retail support organisation after the shock resignation of Tim Milsom, who quit after only three months.

Workum will work part-time only from Monday to Wednesday.

She has been working with BID for two and a half years and has been a board member of several NGOs, including the Conservation Council of WA.

Roel Loopers

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