Carillon City evictions: Perth’s Piccadilly Arcade could offer Christmas miracle retailers

Alice Murray & Michael TraillThe West Australian
Carillon City.
Camera IconCarillon City. Credit: Steve Ferrier/WA News

The CBD’s Piccadilly Arcade could become a lifeline to retailers on the verge of being forced shut in neighbouring Carillon City arcade.

Global real estate trust Dexus has confirmed a majority of retailers will close their stores in the Carillon City arcade from October 31.

Sixty businesses will be affected by the closure, as Dexus moves forwards with plans for a major revamp of the iconic arcade.

The Piccadilly Arcade, however, could house some of the stranded businesses by the end of the year.

That leaves open the prospect of the evicted businesses cashing in on the lucrative Christmas shopping season.

The State Government and City of Perth are both pleading with Dexus to reverse their decision.

WA Small Business Minster Reece Whitby is urging Dexus to allow the retailers to stay until Christmas.

“Do the right thing by the shopkeepers,” he said on Wednesday.

“Some of those people have been there for 30 years, they’re doing it tough and have been working all year to be able to trade for Christmas, so at least let them do that.”

Dexus has said it would continue to work with the Government and the City of Perth to address the issues and “unlock the CBD’s transformation”.

“The current uncertainty around the economy, business and retail conditions, and the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, have all contributed to the timing of the redevelopment of Carillon City,” A Dexus spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

“As a result, some of Carillon City’s retailers will no longer be trading for the foreseeable future. Carillon City retailers fronting onto Murray and Hay Street Malls will continue to trade and remain open.

“We understand there will be an impact on retailers, shoppers and the community, and we remain committed to achieving an outcome for the city that is sustainable for all of our stakeholders.”

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