Perth businesses voice concern about pop-ups

Perth businesses voice concern about pop-ups

Business owners in the Perth businesses suburb of Northbridge have rallied against the Council’s strategy of using pop-ups to draw attention to different precincts.

Northbridge Brewing Company part-owner Michael Keiller told ABC News pop-up businesses are setting up at critical trading times and taking business away from bricks and mortar venues.

“It’s not an even playing field,” he said.

“If they want to set up in the cultural centre on a Tuesday or a Wednesday night, no problem. But when it starts to become more than just the odd occasion on Friday and Saturday nights, the ratepayers, the people who are employing people 52 weeks of the year, deserve some consideration.”

Michael said he joins a growing number of small businesses that are pushing for the Council to regulate the number and frequency of pop-up events competing with established traders.

“The number and the frequency of these pop-up events that are competing with the existing traders needs to be looked at,” he said.

In May, Restaurant & Catering Australia raised similar concerns about the rise of food trucks in Adelaide, calling on the Weatherill Government to restrict the number of permits, operating hours and style of food sold by food truck operators.

Perth businesses Council has voted to prepare a report about alfresco dining laws. Watch this space for more information.

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