Jew­eller not tak­ing shine to Mar­kets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

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