This is a question I have heard frequently this festive season, often from my own lips. There are a number of us confused about the extended trading hours and how these apply to different types of retail outlets. Checking websites is not always helpful as many businesses do not update their sites to show either their holiday opening times, or whether they will be open during the extended trading hours. I congratulate the Bassendean Shopping Village, for clearly posting opening hours on their website – http://www.bassendeanshoppingvillage.com.au – a useful site for those of us in the catchment area. Extended trading hours didn’t seem to be a huge success at our Shopping Village – only Coles and Woolies took the opportunity to stay open, and they were not well patronised – come on citizens, get out there and spend! Use it or lose it!
Can we just make it 8 to 8 everyday? Then we would all know. This would also allow for full-time retail workers to shop after work, or on weekends. The 4pm to 8pm shift would make a handy four hour shift for students. Clearly I’m not a retailer (just a devoted shopper) so I am not sure how this would actually pan out. But it’s a good starting point for a discussion of permanent extended trading hours. I don’t see how we can think we are serious about tourism in Western Australia if everything closes at 6pm, or 5pm in some localities. Hardly the state of excitement?
and the lunches of Bai Yon can be found at this new Thai restaurant in Old Perth Road. In an interesting commercial mix, which I think is a first for Basso, if not the world, this enterprising business is selling both Flowers and Food.
You can get lunch from Monday to Friday and Dinner 7 nights a week. I have eaten there myself and can say it is value for money, with a classic Green Chicken Curry available for $10.50. Now that is recession busting eating.
I was also tempted to buy a bunch of red roses as I walked home from the train station. At $15 for the bunch, I am going to need some Ruddy good economic stimulation to keep myself in flowers if I am tempted every week.
There seems to be some small problem with the restaurant awning which has been propped up with steel supports for some time, though with all the flowers decorating the front this is hardly noticable. I guess they need to turn a bit more profit before they can get it fixed, so come on citizens, get yourself a cheap feed, a bunch of flowers and help a Basso business prosper. Take away available – 9279 7979 – good number hey? Very Basso!
Comments welcome from anyone who would like to review the Bai Yon Thai Restaurant and Florist!
A new flavour has been added to Old Perth Road with the opening of Kishan Jee Indian Grocery Store. I have yet to sample the delights within, but I was very happy to see this new addition to our Downtown shopping area. I will be dropping in soon – perhaps today during the Planet Earth Festival happening this afternoon.
Having a vibrant Downtown is one of the perks of living in Bassendean. Unfortunately, quite lot of businesses closed in Old Perth Road this year and I was beginning to fear we would be left with the Library, the Bank and some boarded up shops. Fortunately, there still folks out there with the dream of owning their own business even in these time of economic uncetainity.
I will be checking out the businesses along Old Perth Road and commenting in future posts. In the meantime, please give these intrepid pioneers of mixed retail some of your disposable and check back here to let me know what you think.
For about seven months, a piece of bitumen in Old Perth Road has been for sale and fenced off.
The Rent a Fence surrounding the plot is extremely ugly and is surely costing the owners a small fortune.
OK, it does give any potential purchaser a visual picture of the boundaries, but surely if someone is really interested they can be shown the boundaries of the title on a map? The size and shape of the plot is, in fact, indicated on the for sale board.
The fencing is adding to the lack of parking in Old Perth Road and, as I am fairly sure the new owners will want to develop the site, rather than keep it as a car park, this will be an ongoing problem for all retail business in the street.
Another problem is the sorry state of disrepair of the plot. It is not being maintained and is covered in rubbish and weeds. Isn’t it sensible to maintain something that you are trying to sell? There is no way the state of the site will be encouraging any potential buyers. This eyesore in the centre of town will certainly not be doing much for any of our propery prices in these troubled times.