Small business will keep visitors to the new Yagan Square well-watered and fed when the precinct opens in February.

The majority of traders have now been confirmed for Yagan Square, which will be nestled within the curves of the Horseshoe Bridge.

There are now 16 local traders currently fitting out their businesses as construction surges on.

Joining the 10 tenants announced in September 2017, the latest group of six businesses will service thousands of daily visitors to the square, boosting tourism and employment opportunities in the Perth central business district.

The recently confirmed businesses are:

  • Shy John Brewery and Yum Cha
  • Street Eats restaurant
  • Wheat Street café
  • Sue Lewis Chocolatier
  • Jersey Jack Gelato and
  • Honeycake. 

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority selected the local traders to reflect the best of WA culture and celebrate local capabilities in the hospitality sector.

The remaining leases are currently being finalised.

There are currently 225 workers onsite at Yagan Square and an additional 80 subcontractors involved in adding the finishing touches, including landscaping and fit out of the food and beverage tenancies.

CCIWA Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott says that while Perth is gaining an international reputation for its small bars, the latest National Visitor Survey revealed that WA was the only state to experience a decline in interstate visitors during 2016-17 – down 12 per cent compared with the 3.8 per cent national average growth.

“Creating a vibrant city centre where businesses want to invest, consumers want to spend their time, and tourists want to visit, must be a priority if we want to boost our local economy,” Willmott says.

“CCI has welcomed the State Government’s focus on boosting small business investment and local job creation in the Perth CBD through the revitalisation of Yagan Square and other major development projects, including Optus Stadium and Elizabeth Quay.

“The next step that the Government must now take to continue removing Perth’s label of ‘Dullsville’ and ensure local businesses can compete, is to deregulate retail trading hours.

“This debate has gone on for far too long and WA businesses can’t afford to wait. They need to have every tool at their disposal to not only stay afloat but to thrive.”

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