Carillon City retailers in Perth’s CBD given six weeks to vacate as redevelopment plans stall

Peter DevlinThe West Australian
The retail landscape in Perth’s CBD has been dealt another blow, with most shops in Carillon City Arcade to close at the end of October.
Camera IconThe retail landscape in Perth’s CBD has been dealt another blow, with most shops in Carillon City Arcade to close at the end of October. Credit: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

The retail landscape in Perth’s CBD has been dealt another blow, with most shops in Carillon City Arcade to close at the end of October.

Arcade owner Dexus confirmed all retailers not facing Hay or Murray Streets have been told to vacate by October 31.

“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,” Dexus said in a statement on Tuesday.

The company purchased the arcade in 2016, and in 2019 released a $200 million plan to revitalise the space.

In 2019 Dexus revealed details for its $200 million redevelopment of Carillon City.
Camera IconIn 2019 Dexus revealed details for its $200 million redevelopment of Carillon City. Credit: Supplied

But “uncertainty around the economy, business and retail conditions, and the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic” have pushed back the redevelopment.

“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,” Dexus said.

The company is seeking an “anchor tenant” for the space, with its sights set on a State Government Department or major private sector lessee.

“The proposed redevelopment at Carillon City includes a large retail offer as well as 20,000 to 30,000 square metres of commercial space,” Dexus said.

Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said he understood Dexus was struggling to find an anchor tenant.

Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas.
Camera IconPerth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

He said it was a “disappointing” outcome for city retailers.

“We need all of our shops to be full,” Zempilas said on 6PR on Tuesday morning.

“This is the situation that nobody wants… we’re trying to rebuild our city into the vibrant place we know it can be.

“But our hope always was that the Carillon would continue to operate as it is at the moment until such time as that the more expensive, and I’ve got to say, quite exciting development could take place.”

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