Confirmation of Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable And Flower Market Opening Date – 654

DATE:  28 MAY, 2015

On 5 March 2015, the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Jaala Pulford, MP announced that the target date for opening of the new market at Epping is 3 August 2015.

Since that time, momentum for the move has gathered pace with the majority of store holders and warehouse businesses now having contracted for their fitout works in order to meet the target date. Site orientation visits by all market segments are also increasing.  It is in this context, that all tenants need to be as prepared as they can for opening.  This notice is to advise all persons relocating to Epping that the Market Opening Date will be 3 August 2015. This will be the date from which the MMA requires all or the majority of the premises forming part of the Trading Floor Complex at Epping to commence trading.

Fitout works

You should seek to complete any fitout works if you have a store or warehouse prior to 3 August 2015 to ensure that you are in a position to start operating your business at Epping when trading commences. Access to the Epping market for the purpose of carrying out fitout works may be limited after trading has commenced at Epping to ensure that there is no disruption to the normal operation of the market. You should note that all Epping Leases will commence when trading commences at Epping even if your fitout works are not completed by this date.

Security Amount

Lease holders at Epping must provide the MMA with the Security Amount by way of Bank Guarantee or Insurance Bond before your Epping Lease commences in accordance with the terms of your lease. If you are a store tenant and you have provided a Security Payment at the time of execution of the Agreement for Lease, this can be used as part of the security.

If you are a Part A warehouse tenant, and you have already provided a security payment, you do not need to provide anything further.

No further access to West Melbourne

All access cards will be cancelled by the MMA on 2 August 2015.

No trading will be allowed at West Melbourne after trading has commenced at Epping.

*This date is the “Common opening date” for all leases and licences for the new  wholesale market at Epping


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