Jeweller not taking shine to Markets
MARKETS on Rokeby is costing local businesses “tens of thousands of dollars every weekend”, says Subiaco Antiques and Fine Jewellery managing director Edward Gryg.
Mr Gryg said trade at his Forrest Walk shop had been affected by many issues, including lack of parking, reduced access with the road closure, overflowing bins, and tents, clothing racks and signs blocking views to the shopping mall.
“Shops on Rokeby Road pay thousands a week in rent and wages tied up in a shop lease,” he said.
“Now all of a sudden there is a tent outside your business (that pays $150 a day) blocking the view to your shop and disrupting the normal tranquil ambience of your shopping area.”
Mr Gryg said changes were needed before Subiaco turned into a ghost town. However, Markets on Rokeby manager Evan Briers said the street market was saving Subiaco’s CBD.
“People were complaining when the street was quiet, now we are bringing in up to 30,000 people every weekend and they are complaining about that,” Mr Briers said.
“Rokeby Road was only going one way before the markets launched.
“There is now a new opportunity for businesses to embrace.”