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Northam town centre calls for pop ups

THE Shire of Northam is seeking expressions of interest from new businesses interested in establishing themselves in the Northam central business district.

It is part of an initiative to revitalise the Northam CBD and bring life into the area, particularly on weekends.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Jason Whiteaker said Northam was currently going through a significant development phase.

“Underway is a new shopping centre, proposed refurbishment of the existing shopping centre, development of DOME café and creation of a multi-million dollar Aboriginal & Environment Interpretive centre,” he said.

“These developments are leading the way in what is expected to see in excess of $100m invested into Northam over the next two years.”

Mr Whiteaker said the Shire of Northam pop up shop was within easy walking distance from each of the new developments.

“The initiative provides new businesses with a great opportunity to test their market concept over an agreed period of time, generally up to three months.”

The Shire will offer a mainstreet shop front for an agreed ‘rent free’ period. Applicants will need to comply with a number of conditions such as not directly competing with an existing established business and holding an intention to establish permanently.

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