Thousands at Markets on Rokeby

Crowds outside Forrest Walk. Photo: Rosanna Candler
Crowds outside Forrest Walk. Photo: Rosanna Candler

CROWDS of about 60,000 people visited Markets on Rokeby during its launch weekend on November 7 and 8.

The Venn Property Group (VPG) regular weekend market closed Rokeby Road between Bagot Road and Hay Street to traffic to make way for tented stalls. VPG director Evan Briers said he was ecstatic with the response.

“You looked down the hill (from Bagot Road) and all you could see was a sea of faces,” Mr Briers said.

“This was a really strong foundation to build on.

“We’re going to increase tables and chairs, add more entertainment with a stronger retail mix of fashion and arts, and work on quicker and easier set-ups for stallholders.”

City of Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said Markets on Rokeby had a positive start.

“The City and Venn Property Group will make some minor tweaks in the weeks ahead but overall it worked to plan,” Mr Burnett said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the markets develop with more stallholders and more people coming into Subiaco.”

Table Culture owner Emma McCarthy said her Rokeby Road shop had a “huge increase” in customers due to the markets.

“If every weekend was like the one just passed, we would be over the moon,” Ms McCarthy said.

“The sheer amount of people created such a great atmosphere on the street and in-store.

“As a business we did very well, but more importantly it is a big win for Subiaco and exciting to be a part of the changing layers to the CBD.”