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Trader and retail support

Retail plays a key role in local employment and economic development in Merri-bek.

The below programs aim to provide support to retailers and shopping strips across Merri-bek.

MoreSpace

MoreSpace activates vacant shops in Merri-bek’s shopping strips by creating shoppable window displays using QR codes. This program supports local businesses and showcases stores available for lease.

The program has two primary goals:

  1. To showcase each property as an attractive commercial opportunity.
  2. To highlight local makers, creatives, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
  3. To improve the look and feel of our retail precincts.
  • MoreSpace aims to promote and celebrate Merri-bek artists, designers, makers, entrepreneurs and small businesses, who may not have a physical store. The program provides an opportunity to showcase your products/services in a shoppable window display.

    • An opportunity to test your business with real consumers.
    • A chance to try out ideas, develop and grow, in a low risk environment.
    • A chance to test out a particular shopping precinct.
    • Reduced need for physical staffing when compared to a pop-up shop.
    • Promote Merri-bek Made products and a contactless retail experience.

    This opportunity will be open to businesses who don’t have a physical store, have a product/service that operates out of Merri-bek and will be available to assist in the set-up of their MoreSpace window if required.

  • This opportunity will be open to businesses who don’t have a physical store and has a product or service that operates out of Merri-bek.

    If you are interested, you can register your interest by completing the form below.

    MoreSpace Expression of Interest

    Is your business based in Merri-bek?*

    Does your business have an online store for people to shop your products/services?*

    Do you have proof of insurance(s) for your business and products/services?*

  • MoreSpace aims to improve the look and feel of Merri-bek's retail precincts and to refresh shopfronts so that they become more appealing for lease.

    Benefits of this program:

    • Address issues such as graffiti, poor amenity, posters and vandalism, if necessary.
    • Reduce the number of vacant shops.
    • Draw attention to the property for lease and potential for promotion of the site

    What's required?

    • Access to the property - for installation and removal dates only.
    • Electricity for night time lighting if possible (but not essential).
    • Located in a shopping strip or retail precinct.

    Interested in supplying a window for the MoreSpace Program? Complete the form below.

MoreSpace Expression of Interest

Is your business based in Merri-bek?**

Does your business have an online store for people to shop your products/services?**

Do you have proof of insurance(s) for your business and products/services?*


Shopping Strip Renewal Program

Our Shopping Strip Renewal Program aims to increase business activity across the municipality by improving strips with new footpaths, lighting, trees, street furniture, public art, and better parking within our local shopping strips.

While the shopping strip is being upgraded, we work with the traders to:

  • revitalise their shopfront through the Love Your Shopfront Program
  • provide business support and mentoring through the Digital Business Support Program

Retail shopping precincts

Moreland's retail precincts boast a diverse range of shopping options, cafes, restaurants, professional and personal services. Discover one of our shopping precincts by exploring our Love Merri-bek map.

Brunswick

Brunswick retail shopping precincts include:

  • Sydney Road Brunswick - you can find out more about the Sydney Road Brunswick shopping precinct on the Sydney Road website.
  • Lygon Street Shopping Precinct Brunswick East
  • Grantham/Union Street Brunswick West
  • Melville/Moreland Road Brunswick West
  • Melville/Albion Road Brunswick West

Coburg

Coburg retail shopping precincts include:

  • Coburg Shopping Precinct - Sydney Road Coburg. You can find out more about the Glenroy Shopping Precinct on the Central Coburg website.
  • Merlynston Station Coburg North
  • Gaffney/Sussex Street Coburg North
  • Moreland Road/Nicholson Street Coburg
  • Coburg Hill Coburg North - Elizabeth Street Coburg
  • Bell Street/Melville Road Coburg North

Oak Park

Oak Park retail shopping precincts include:

  • Snell Grove Oak Park

Fawkner

Fawkner retail shopping precincts include:

Glenroy

Glenroy retail shopping precincts include:

  • Glenroy Shopping Precinct - Pascoe Vale Roads and Wheatsheaf Road. You can find out more about the Glenroy Shopping Precinct on the Enjoy Glenroy website.

Hadfield

Hadfield retail shopping precincts include:

Pascoe Vale

Pascoe Vale retail shopping precincts include:

  • Gaffney Street/Pascoe Vale Station