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SPUDSHED OPENS TODAY NEAR SOUTH FREMANTLE

 

Tony Galati is opening another SPUDSHED at Rockingham Road just out of South Fremantle today.

The store will be open 24/7 and will no doubt be a big competition for Woolworth, Aldi and IGA in South Freo.

Lots of free potatoes are on offer today to celebrate the opening, so go and have a look.

I’ll definitely go there as it will be the closest store to buy Dutch kroketten and bitterballen. Yum!

 

Roel Loopers

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VERY FREO STORE HOUSE GROCERIES

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2018

 

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The new The Store House groceries shop in South Fremantle is arguable the most VERY FREO new shop in our city.

The shop is next to the Post Office and opposite ALDI at the South Fremantle shopping centre on the corner of Douro and Hampton roads, so make sure to check it out!

This is a bright and clean modern old-fashion grocery shop, as I know it from my youth, where most things are available in bulk and you just put a scoop of what you want in a paper bag or self-brought container.

Owners Audrey Ting and Josie Black are there to offer a personal service with a smile and the variety of goods they offer is huge; laundry, household, personal, sauces, oil, seeds, beans, vinegar, oats, wheats, flour, spices, rice, pasta, nuts, raw honey, etc.etc.

There is even a peanut butter machine that presses peanuts into butter and into a jar. The kids will love watching that one!

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREO CALOGERO’S FUTURE IN DOUBT

 

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The future of CALOGERO’S  as a restaurant is in doubt with the officers’ recommendation to the City of Fremantle Planning Committee to refuse the late approval sought for the unauthorised partial use to restaurant and additions to the existing building.

The South Fremantle groceries shop, which is next to the Port City Roasters, received an interior facelift some years ago, and they also added a small cafe, but have now converted the entire four-bay carpark into an alfresco restaurant without the necessary planning approval.

CoF officers argue that the removal of the parking bays affects parking in the area, which is at a premium most of the day because of all the cafes and restaurants between Leffroy Road and Jenkin Street.

The delayed seeking of approval is for a 30 seat outdoor and 16 seat indoor restaurant with the shop remaining the primary use of the two-storey premises.

The item is on Wednesday’s Planning Committee agenda, which starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community hall.

Roel Loopers

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WOOLWORTHS CLOSES IN ADELAIDE PLAZA

Posted in fremantle, retail, shopping, western australia by freoview on May 5, 2016

I am very surprised to hear that the Woolworths supermarket in the Adelaide Plaza, opposite the Princess May Park will be closing its doors at the end of May. There is no doubt that the supermarket has been struggling for the last few years but hanging in there for the long run would have seem a better decision.

The east of Fremantle’s CBD is thriving with a building boom and thousands more residents moving soon into the Heirloom by Match apartment building, the Defence Housing projects and other development at Beach and Queen Victoria Street. The Woolstores Shopping Centre will also be developed soon and that will mean the closure of the Coles supermarket there, so Woolworths would have been the only supermarket in that part of the city. I am stunned they are not holding on so close to the end of the shoppers draught.

Sirona Capital, who own the Adelaide Plaza building, say they will reposition it as a retail and commercial facility and rework the retail space for various uses that may include a smaller grocery and fresh food offering or convert the plaza for commercial and medical services.

It would be a perfect location for a good IGA supermarket, and there will be need for it in the very near future!

In Market Street the Home Provedore kitchen shop is for sale as an ongoing business, so more changes in Freo.

Roel Loopers

YEAH! SUNDAY FREO IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Posted in art, fremantle, music by freoview on February 15, 2015

I don’t like big crowds and queueing, so the giant marionettes driving around Perth are not my cup of tea. I’ll see them later today when they float down the Swan River on their way to Fremantle port from where they will return to France.

In Fremantle today the morning offers the Open Water Australian Swimming Championships at Bathers Beach, the relaxing Growers Green Markets from 8 am till noon, and at Kidogo Arthouse the Fringe Festival has the Australian Tales guitar and cello concert at 1 pm.

Of course the always lovely courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre has the free concert from 2 pm with the Kill Devil Hills and Archer.

There is never a boring weekend in Freo, so be part of the fun!

Roel LOopers

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FREO MARKETS GREAT SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATORS

Posted in fremantle, markets, reatil by freoview on February 12, 2015

Retail expert and former shopping centre manager Colin Nichol has written an article in support of pop-up retail shops on the Fremantle Tribe blog- http://fremantlesociety.org.au/blog. Colin writes that pop-ups are there to stay as the new face of retail and that they are Freo’s future. He rightly argues that they are a low-risk way to try the viability of a new small business.

While trendy placemakers will want us to believe that pop-ups are a new modern and creative way to do business, pop-ups have been around for centuries in the form of markets. Markets are very much pop-up businesses where people do not have the money to sign expensive leases in shopping areas, or where they only want to open shop on certain days of the week. Markets all over the world have been incubators for small businesses forever and it has given many people the confidence to move on and open more permanent shops.

In third world countries pop-up shops happen daily with someone selling ten pieces of firewood on the street while someone else has nicely arranged nine tomatoes or potatoes for sale at a roundabout.

In the western world markets have become more and more popular, as we see in Fremantle where we now have a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday market, plus the almost daily Kings Square market and the weekend Fremantle and E Shed markets.

Our Freo markets mainly have a community focus, a place for people to relax while browsing for food and other things. They offer opportunities for local musicians to be heard and seen, and they attract people to often under-utilised areas of the city and create new vitality in those places, as we witness at the Growers Green and Princess May Markets and Bathers Beach.

There are people who argue that markets and pop-ups are unfair competition to those retailers who pay high rents to have a shop, but I believe it is a choice people want to have. Many people dislike shopping in sterile shopping centres and supermarkets. They want the relaxed open-air community experience where they can catch up with friends while buying their healthy-often organic-groceries and other things.

People love markets because it is their lifestyle and they feel at home there. There is a true sense of belonging in community markets around Fremantle, and what a great way to support local small businesses from the area.

Roel Loopers

GROWERS GREEN MARKETS SUPPORTS FREO SCHOOL

Posted in fremantle, growers green markets by freoview on February 7, 2015

The very Freo Fremantle GROWERS GREEN MARKETS are on again this Sunday from 8 am to 12 noon at the South Fremantle Senior High School on Lefroy Road.

Bread, pastries, meat, fish, eggs, organic, fruit, vegetables, preserves, flowers, food stalls with yummy breakfast offerings, great coffee, community connection, children entertainment, live music. All together a great celebration of life and the unique Freo lifestyle!

The event is organised by the school’s P&C, so it is a great way to support a local school while having fun and do the weekly shopping.

Roel Loopers

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PACK YOUR BAGS!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 17, 2014

Fremantle is in the news for all the right reasons, with an ABC TV report last night on the proposed ban on plastic bags in our city. Fremantle Council will next Wednesday vote to adopt a local law banning single-use plastic bags, that is likely to go through council unopposed. There is already a ban on plastic bags in the ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt said there’s a lot of support for the ban from the Fremantle community, and that the idea came from local community groups.

Fremantle Council last year introduced a plastic bag ban but it was rejected on a technicality in State Parliament by National and Liberal MPs. Under the previous law, customers would have been able to purchase environmentally-friendly bags but only if retailers charged 10 cents per bag. That mandatory charge has been deleted from the law that will go to Council next week, because according to legal advice, local government cannot legally impose a mandatory charge for retailers to collect.

If the proposed law gets approved, retailers who ignore it would face a fine of $150, while repeat offenders could be fined up to $2,500.

Brad Pettitt said while the thin non-degradable bags would be prohibited, alternatives such as paper and compostable bags would still be available.

 

Roel Loopers

END OF SUMMER FUN AT GROWERS GREEN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2014

It’s a long weekend, the start of a new month, and the end of summer, so hop on your bikes this Sunday to do your groceries shopping at the Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Markets. They are on from 8-12 midday at the South Fremantle Senior High School in Lefroy Street.

Freo artist Tim Darby will bring a whole load of sand to make a huge shark sand sculpture to bring the beach to the markets. Premier Colin Barnett is banned from visiting the markets in case he wants to cull Tim’s creation. ; >) There will be plenty of sand for kids to also try to make their own sand sculptures, so make sure you allow for enough time and stay a little longer.

Great fresh produce, food stalls, essential morning coffee and a lot of arts and craft and other stalls will be there for a serious browse.

Roel Loopers

Growers Green sand sculpture

 

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THE GREEK FREO SISTERS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 17, 2011

Kakulas Sisters in Fremantle is a pretty special shop. It feels and smells different from any other shop in town. I like to go and buy European specialties, but  sometimes just go in to browse and enjoy the atmosphere in there.

Roel Loopers

 

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