Little Saigon Plaza & Carpark open in Footscray & BID Grants awarded

Published on 07 September 2017

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Gracing the corner of Leeds and Byron Streets, a new plaza and carpark have recently opened in Footscray, offering a number of new shops and eateries and significant off-street parking - making it easier than ever before to visit the area.

The five-level development houses a four-level carpark, and nine new shops on the ground floor. The space also includes an open-air plaza, giving visitors and shoppers even more opportunity to enjoy Footscray’s offerings.

A rejuvenated Saigon Pharmacy, relocating from the former Little Saigon Market, Small Graces Café, serving delicious wholesome food and coffee. are Gong Cha - the fastest growing tea store in Asia, are the first stores to open.

The remaining shops will be announced soon and open in time for summer. They will include one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed Japanese Restaurants, a premium burger restaurant, a ‘larger than-palm-sized’ fried chicken store and a cutting-edge hairdressing salon.

Business Improvement District Grants 2017/18

Council’s Enterprise Maribyrnong Special Committee has recently awarded funding through the annual Business Improvement District (BID) grant program to five trader associations.

The BID grant program promotes destination marketing and opportunities to increase trade and business, increases the viability of business districts through the development of innovative business practices and promotes and strengthens business groups that have a shared and common economic interest.

The successful business projects include:

African Australian Small Business Association (AASBA)

AASBA plans to redevelop the AASBA website and deliver the first Afro Aussie Small Business Expo in Footscray. The expo will allow businesses to showcase their trade to a broader audience increasing visitation to the business precinct.

Footscray Asian Business Association (FABA)

FABA will build on the success of the Footscray Saigon Night Market earlier in the year to deliver another series of markets from November 2017 to April 2018 (second Friday of each month, excluding January) on Leeds St (between Hopkins St and Ryan St) in Footscray.

Footscray Traders Association (FTA)

The recently rebranded FTA will produce a series of promotional videos showcasing Footscray as a great place to trade, shop and live.

Yarraville Traders Association (YTA)

YTA will build on from the success of its ‘Welcome to Yarraville’ campaign  to deliver the ‘Our Village, Your Village’ project which includes a great range of  pop up experiences in Yarraville Village.

West Footscray Traders Association (WFTA)

The newly established WFTA will appoint a marketing consultant to develop a Marketing Plan for West Footscray that  to raise the profile of the Village  and attract new customers.

Doing Business in Maribyrnong

If you own a business in Maribyrnong make sure you grab a copy of our free Doing Business in Maribyrnong kit. A starting point for businesses, the kit provides checklists and details of key council areas based on business needs and requirements. For more information and to request a copy please contact the City Business Unit on 9688 0200 or via email

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