Mills Records: is this the end for a Freo institution?

Mills Records: is this the end for a Freo institution?

Fremantle could be saying goodbye to one of its most beloved institutions, with Mills Records potentially being turned into a five-storey hotel.

The store, located at 22 Adelaide Street, has been in operation since 1945.

For music lovers, no trip to the Port was complete without a stop at Mills, a browse through the CDs and t-shirts upstairs.

It has continued to stay afloat in a challenging market place that has been decimated first by illegal downloading, then the advent of online music stores and now streaming services.

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But the City of Fremantle has received a development proposal for the heritage-listed building, opposite the Fremantle Town Hall, for “five-storey tourist accomodation and shop”.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, who is overseas on council business, said the proposal would leave the building’s facade the same.

“The development is for the rear of the site with front heritage buildings retained and restored,” Mayor Pettitt wrote on Facebook.

“While I have got no problem with this I agree we need to work with Mills to keep them going.”