Subiaco Back on the Market

Source: The Post Newspapers

Subiaco – once home to two of Perth’s most popular weekend markets – is set to trade off that reputation again. For the first time since the Pavilion Market in Rokeby Road closed more than 15 years ago, market stalls will return next Saturday, October 7, around the ground floor of the redeveloped site.

A family-friendly event organised by Subiaco council and developer Blackburne will kick off the One Subiaco Markets and officially launch the revamped  Seddon Street. They will be a modern take on the original Pavilion market that once drew crowds – estimated at up to 20,000 people – from across the metropolitan area to the town centre on weekends.

The reintroduced market will be held on the first Saturday of the month.

The demise of Subiaco and its high streets as a popular shopping and entertainment precinct has been linked to the closure of the Pavilion Market in 2008.

Mayor David McMullen said the markets was part of a resurgence being experienced in the CBD and across Subiaco.

“The Pavilion Market was loved by many and I’m looking forward to seeing how the modern businesses and residents of One Subiaco help contribute to a  reimagining of this area’s identity, vibrancy and sense of community,” Mr McMullen said.

“The new Seddon Street precinct will be well suited to special events like the market launch event, as well as ongoing activation.

“The City is investing in shared public spaces, like Seddon Street and the newly opened Postal Walk, to continue to improve amenity and walkability of key areas and encourage visitation and community use.”

A Blackburne spokesperson said the One Subiaco complex was now finished with businesses filling up the ground floor tenancies.

“We are excited to see the market stalls, musicians and entertainment fill the laneways and the revitalised Seddon Street and encourage activation in the Subiaco town centre,” he said.

“Rather than just replicate the old markets that were on site, the new ones will be a combination of permanent operators that include restaurants, cafes and the fresh food market which will work in conjunction with pop-up curated market stalls and entertainment.

“The City of Subiaco has engaged an excellent market operator to carefully select the right mix of stalls and operators to bring life to the new Seddon Street  and restore it as the heart of Subiaco.

Stall holders will be able to keep stock and equipment in an onsite storage area.

The Subiaco Farmers Market have been going strong for 14 years on the grounds of the Subiaco Primary School in Bagot Road on Saturday mornings.

Markets on Rokeby, a private enterprise supported by Subiaco council, was launched as an ambitious weekend event in November 2015 but soon struggled after hitting a range of problems, ultimately never getting off the ground.