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CAN RETAIL DECLINE BE STOPPED?

 

Anyone blaming Fremantle Council for the decline in retail and the many vacant shops in our port city should take note of an article in The Guardian newspaper that reports that UK shoppers are deserting the ‘high street’ in greater numbers than during the 2009 recession.

The Guardian reports that several big brand retailers in the UK are in receivership with a massive number of shops closing.

High street visits declined 3.3% in April, according to the BRC-Springboard monthly tracker, which also highlighted nearly one in 10 town centre shops are lying empty. The drop in footfall came on the back of a disastrous performance in March, when shopper numbers declined by 6%. Taken together there has been an unprecedented 4.8% drop over the two months – a bigger decline than was recorded in the same months of 2009 when the UK was mired in recession.

The question developers in Fremantle need to ask if this trend can be turned around and if new city centre based shopping centres like the FOMO retail concept at Kings Square by Sirona Capital will attract more shoppers away from the urban sterile shopping centres, that are now also changing direction and want to recreate the town square in shopping centres to make them more appealing to the community.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S KINGS SQUARE FACELIFT

 

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The latest photos of the Fremantle Kings Square demolition, which is stage one of the redevelopment of our inner city square and hopefully the start of the economic recovery of our city.

If all goes to plan the new buildings and City of Fremantle Civic Centre will open late next year, with Department of Housing staff estimated to move in early 2020 while the FOMO retail concept by Sirona Capital should be up and running in time for Christmas 2019.

It will be a fascinating battle between FOMO and all the shopping centre and Perth’ Forrest Place all trying to get new ideas going that will  change the centres into old town squares and trying to become the heart of the community.

FOMO sounds exciting and Fremantle is a lot more attractive than shopping centres so I’ll back Freo any time.

Roel Loopers

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FREO KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

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So good to see walls and roofs coming down on the Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

A huge crane in Henderson Street was lifting four portable offices  for PROBUILD onto the roof of the car park, while inside heavy machinery was demolishing the Queensgate building.

The long awaited new development by Sirona Capital will see the all new FOMO retail concept at Kings Square in less than two years.

Roel Loopers

WAITING FOR FOMO FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

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I could not help myself and had to take this minimalist photo at Kings Square this morning.

I titled it Waiting for FOMO.

For the uninitiated FOMO is the innovative retail concept by Sirona Capital for the Kings Square Project.

Roel Loopers

BORING FOMO FACEBOOK PROMOTION

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

 

The FOMO retail concept for the Fremantle Kings Square Project has been promoted as a new innovative, exciting and creative shopping experience by developers Sirona Capital. A Rhythm of Restlessness they say, so why then are the photos on their Facebook promotion so dull and uninspiring and not very quirky Freo at all.

This is the kind off try-hard pretentiousness that PR and advertising agencies often come up with. The amateur photos are boring and neither promote Fremantle nor sell the exciting new concept. I see more inspiring and creative photos of Fremantle daily on Facebook than the FOMO PR offers. Disappointing!

FOMO will be a diverse destination designed to breathe new life into the heart of Fremantle. 
Marching to the beat of its own drum and never sitting still. FOMO sits at the heart of the Kings Square redevelopment and forms a key component of the future revitalisation of Fremantle. 
A destination of discovery, from the basement emporium to the laneways that meander through the space. FOMO will create bold, daring connections for the community to sit in, walk through and engage with as they wander and explore.

Come on Sirona. You can do better than that! (and no, I am not applying for the gig)

 

Roel Loopers

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