Va­cancy fix pops up

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

FREO Now is en­cour­ag­ing cre­atives to come down and sell their wares in pop-up stores in Fre­man­tle.

About nine stores along High Street Mall and the cor­ner of Hen­der­son and Wil­liams streets will be avail­able.

Freo Now board mem­ber Sa­man­tha Reece said a dis­cus­sion was held about the high va­cancy rate of shops in Fre­man­tle.

“There is a 16 per cent va­cancy rate and a board mem­ber re­searched the Ade­laide Alive and Re­new New­cas­tle mem­bers and brought it back to the board,” she said.

“We en­dorsed the idea as a way to at­tract new tal­ents and hence new shoppers to Fre­man­tle.

“The ini­tial deal­ings with the coun­cil have been pos­i­tive but we are ask­ing coun­cil to pro­vide rate re­lief to the prop­erty own­ers as a show of sup­port.”

Ms Reece said they were look­ing for unique stores.

“We want unique cre­atives that make you turn your head and en­tice you into the shop,” she said.

“They have to be some­thing that you wouldn’t nor­mally see in a re­tail shop in Fre­man­tle al­ready.

“We are hop­ing that once they trial the pop-up that they will tran­si­tion to a per­ma­nent te­nancy.”

Ms Reece said if it was a suc­cess then the board hoped it would be an on­go­ing process.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing can visit visit www.fre­

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