Jeweller not taking shine to Markets

The entrance to Forrest Walk during Markets on Rokeby. Picture: Rosanna Candler
The entrance to Forrest Walk during Markets on Rokeby. Picture: Rosanna Candler

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 blocking the view to your shop and disrupting the normal tranquil ambience of your shopping area.

“They are there today because they paid $150. The next weekend? Not sure yet, might do something else, no contractual obligation at all.”

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.”

Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the City would continue to work with stallholders, businesses and Markets on Rokeby.

Markets on Rokeby had moved between Barker Road and Hay Street to open up traffic access the top-end of Rokeby Road.

“We’re also looking at putting in a taxi rank on Saturday evenings to assist people visiting restaurants and other businesses,” Mr Burnett said.

“The City has met with local businesses and Markets on Rokeby on a number of occasions to resolve such issues, and will continue to work with all stakeholders,” Mr Burnett said.