New shops open with ‘activation’ grants
The campaign to fill Frankston CBD’s vacant shops and provide more jobs for residents received a boost on Monday (6 September) when Frankston Council awarded three “shopfront activation” grants.
A hamburger outlet of Queensland’s Betty’s Burgers chain at 25 Playne Street, Eeny Meeny sandwich bar in Station Street Mall, and Loom and Spindle craft at 16 Station Street have each received a $20,000 grant under a program financed by the council and the state government’s Frankston Revitalisation Board to help fill empty CBD shops.
Deputy mayor Cr Nathan Conroy said the “grant has been designed to financially assist … transforming properties into … sustainable and attractive spaces that create new business and jobs for Frankston and surrounding suburbs”.
Merissa Collins of Betty’s Burgers said the chain had “big plans to employ up to 60 staff … so we are thrilled to … build employment and support hospitality in Playne Street”.
Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said, “these grants boost confidence in Frankston CBD’s hospitality and retail sectors. Success breeds success and this initiative will lead other retailers and outlets to look closely and think about joining the ongoing revival of Frankston’s CBD”.