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Myer Tuggeranong to close

By 16 December 2011 54

It would seem that Myer have decided against renewing their lease at the Tuggers Hyperdome.

All permanent staff will be moved to the City and Belconnen stores – still, bit of a pain for people who live in Tuggers and work there too.

Is this the death knell for the Hyperdome?

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54 Responses to Myer Tuggeranong to close
#1
dave__12:54 pm, 16 Dec 11

Or the death of big “premium” department stores like Myer?

#2
Erg012:58 pm, 16 Dec 11

Erg0 said :

Is this the death knell for the Hyperdome?

I would say not, if Myer was doing well enough to prop up the rest of the centre then it probably wouldn’t be closing. That said, it is starting to seem like the Hyperdome is a bit too big in relation to local demand, so I’m not sure how they’ll fill all that space.

#3
Gantz12:58 pm, 16 Dec 11

They’re opening in Woden Westfield in the near future – not fat at all.

#4
NoImRight1:06 pm, 16 Dec 11

Probably not the death knell but hasnt that been said virtually since the Hyperdome opened every time a “vital” business closed?

#5
thumper1091:12 pm, 16 Dec 11

It’s odd to hear them closing in the bogandome.. Mind you, it’s been well over a year since I actually went into Myers there and well over 6 Years since I actually bought anything from Myers anywhere…

#6
Skidd Marx1:37 pm, 16 Dec 11

That’s a big blow to the already flagging ‘Dome. Shame as I always liked shopping there.

How will they fill they space?

#7
harvyk11:51 pm, 16 Dec 11

I don’t it is quite the kiss of death for the Hyperdome, but gee it’s about the last thing they need.

I’m not sure what they could possibly do with that space. They already have k-mart and target. I doubt Big-W would be willing to come in and try their luck. I also have doubts that DJ’s would be interested.
I also expect that breaking the area up into 50 shops would result in 50 empty spaces where shops should be.

#8
trevar1:51 pm, 16 Dec 11

Skidd Marx said :

How will they fill they space?

Oh, the Horrordome’s clever mangerial folk are already on top of it, judging by this.

#9
Henry821:51 pm, 16 Dec 11

Skidd Marx said :

How will they fill they space?

a big store that sells frangipani car seats, and “my family” stickers?

#10
colourful sydney rac1:52 pm, 16 Dec 11

Skidd Marx said :

That’s a big blow to the already flagging ‘Dome. Shame as I always liked shopping there.

How will they fill they space?

Indoor paintball?

#11
pptvb2:17 pm, 16 Dec 11

Myer’s moving to Woden.
Big W is opening in the Hyperdome.

#12
The_Bulldog2:17 pm, 16 Dec 11

Hardly surprising – they’ve been cutting staff to ridiculous levels for a few years. I stopped trying to buy things from them about eighteen months ago after wandering around stuff I wished to purchase for ten minutes – just looking for a register that was attended. First world problems, right?

#13
dpm3:33 pm, 16 Dec 11

pptvb said :

Myer’s moving to Woden.
Big W is opening in the Hyperdome.

I wonder where in Woden? Are DJs moving out?

#14
steveu4:37 pm, 16 Dec 11

dpm said :

pptvb said :

Myer’s moving to Woden.
Big W is opening in the Hyperdome.

I wonder where in Woden? Are DJs moving out?

I think its a safe bet.
I thought Big W were looking at moving to Tugg in given the DA that was posted a few weeks ago.

#15
BicycleCanberra5:22 pm, 16 Dec 11

The population of Tuggeranong is at least three times that of Woden, even if you add Weston that make jst under half the population of Tuggeranong. With all the new development around the town centre and more residents moving in Myer should wait a bit longer and diversify the store a bit better.
Why would Tuggeranong residents visit the city store rather than Tuggeranong? as the media story suggests. Maybe the lower income of Tuggeranong don’t suit their clientele or are residents driving to DFO and Majura park.

#16
GardeningGirl6:48 pm, 16 Dec 11

The_Bulldog said :

Hardly surprising – they’ve been cutting staff to ridiculous levels for a few years. I stopped trying to buy things from them about eighteen months ago after wandering around stuff I wished to purchase for ten minutes – just looking for a register that was attended. First world problems, right?

Regularly experience that in both the Hyperdome and Civic stores (not intended as a criticism of the poor staff themselves). Belconnen on the few occasions we’ve visited seemed to have more staff but less stock. Shame. After avoiding Myer for some years after bad experiences we rediscovered it again and it’s not too bad for things like mid-range clothing, kitchenware, etc. Why they still sell furniture I don’t know. I remember when they got rid of haberdashery it was supposedly because there’s no point having a small section competing with specialist stores, so why they persevere with a small section of cheap imported furniture to compete with the array of choices in Fyshwick I don’t understand. With an absence of staff I have seen it being used as overflow seating for the local Macca’s though.

Kmart is now aspiring to compete with reject shop/dollar store type places. Target is worth a look and occasionally manages to pleasantly surprise. The womenswear stores have gone downhill in quality, I can get equal or better at same price or cheaper in Target/Big W/etc. The large menswear store is near the stinking nail salon so we tend not to walk down that corridor. The Good Guys have been good but are not helped by the distant location on the far side of the “prison exercise yard” style courtyard. The food court has/had a few nice food outlets but at busy times isn’t a pleasant area to sit and relax. And I try not to linger long enough to see what the toilets are like nowadays. The departure of Myer, a major reason for us to visit, is bad news.

dpm said :

pptvb said :

Myer’s moving to Woden.
Big W is opening in the Hyperdome.

I wonder where in Woden? Are DJs moving out?

“A Myer spokeswoman said the Woden store would be in a new building, the location yet to be confirmed by Westfield.” http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/business/myers-christmas-closure/2395722.aspx?storypage=0

#17
taninaus7:01 pm, 16 Dec 11

I would bet on Westfield doing like Belconnen and Civic have done, and they did previously, and build over carparks or poorly used space (if the Gov agrees) to do this they would need a large anchor tenant like Myers.

Big W in Tugg should do well given the resident profile in the area.

#18
creative_canberran7:39 pm, 16 Dec 11

Here’s the official word from Myer:

“The Tuggeranong store represents less than one percent of total group sales and MYER one
data indicates that the majority of Tuggeranong customers were also choosing to shop at the
recently refurbished Canberra City store.”

The new Woden store is slated to open in 2014-15.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MTE4OTQ5fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8VHlwZT0z&t=1

It’s an interesting insight. Less than 1% may sound small, but for a company generating sales of over $3b a year, it could still be a lot. Whatever the reason, the figures must be dire if they believe it better to simply close it and operate two stores rather than wait until Woden opens in 2014.

#19
Anna Key8:47 pm, 16 Dec 11

taninaus said :

I would bet on Westfield doing like Belconnen and Civic have done, and they did previously, and build over carparks or poorly used space (if the Gov agrees) to do this they would need a large anchor tenant like Myers.

Whether office space or retail, it seems to be the usual thing in Woden. Build something to attract more people to the town centre, but not give them anywhere to park. Was there something in the masterplan to have no carparks at all by 2020?

#20
Fliponout10:54 pm, 16 Dec 11

The HYPERHOLE has been dyeing for years the centre management think it’s a Westfield…. but do nothing to keep it tenants but keep raising the rents.. Woolworth were to move out but the Centre management payed for the new fit out to keep them there. And then increase the rents on small tenants to pay for it .
Wake Up HYERHOLE YOU’RE NOT WESTFIELD….
But maybe if it was a Westfield the place would be a nice shopping centre..

#21
Fliponout10:55 pm, 16 Dec 11

Here comes a BIG W and A Harris Scaf to fill the holes left in may
but what about the other 67 empty shops ….

Paddy Markets ?

#22
Fliponout10:58 pm, 16 Dec 11

dpm said :

pptvb said :

Myer’s moving to Woden.
Big W is opening in the Hyperdome.

I wonder where in Woden? Are DJs moving out?

No there Building a new part of the centre were bonner house is this will have the new Target and Myer in it as wel as Yes more smaller store
just what Canberra Needs…

#23
creative_canberran11:26 pm, 16 Dec 11

While we’re talking about the state of the Hyperdome yet again, does anyone happen to know what the story is with Woolworths?

It’s been renovated but it hasn’t been given the full makeover to give it the new corporate style for Woolworths stores. There’s something very “demountable” about it.

And going back to the Hyperdome extensions, bull dozers have moved into the bottom level carpark and are digging up the ground outside Myer. I didn’t even think the DAs were through yet.

#24
RedDogInCan11:31 pm, 16 Dec 11

BicycleCanberra said :

Why would Tuggeranong residents visit the city store rather than Tuggeranong?

Because the vast majority of Tuggeranong residents work in Woden or Civic. They are much more likely to browse through Myer during their lunch hour than drag the family in on a Friday night or Saturday morning.

#25
silvernitrate8:05 am, 17 Dec 11

did you know that all 3 myer stores were in the top 8 stores nationally for wait…
you guessed it shrinkage through theft!
CANBERRA WHY U SO CHEAP?

#26
watto2311:41 am, 17 Dec 11

At least it looks like a JB Hifi is going in. Might give me a reason to visit again. Having recently visited Belco mall recently and remembering how bad it looked in the past, I can only hope the hyperdome gets upgraded or bought out by westfield.

#27
bd841:39 pm, 17 Dec 11

I never get any credit for my breaking news stories. Damn you CT.

I’m certain the Hyperdome has known for a long time that myer would not renew, hence the step up of refurbishing parts of the centre and the supermarkets. I’ll confirm that woolworths were also looking to end their lease as the rent they were being charged was sky high from when they first entered in the 80s/90s when there were no other woolies in the area. The store also kept its 90s look for so long because of this, so i’m guessing that the refurb and big w must be part of a deal to keep them on. They were looking at land down near bunnings a few years back to establish new stores for both.

as for myer at woden, if it’s not taking DJ’s lease, I suspect it will be part of another deal between the government and Westfield for expansion and a bus station over the current interchange and former police station.. If its 14-15 year, I’d expect the announcement early 2012..

#28
patrick_keogh1:50 pm, 17 Dec 11

Even in the Belco store staff numbers are really low. One day I selected the item I wanted and like The_Bulldog I wandered around looking for someone to pay. When I eventually found someone I told her that I’d just about given up and my next strategy was to go over and trigger the anti-theft alarm at the door so that at least security would come. She said not to bother… not only were there only three staff on the floor but the was nobody from security on that shift at all!

No wonder they have problems with theft.

#29
TheDancingDjinn2:19 pm, 17 Dec 11

patrick_keogh said :

Even in the Belco store staff numbers are really low. One day I selected the item I wanted and like The_Bulldog I wandered around looking for someone to pay. When I eventually found someone I told her that I’d just about given up and my next strategy was to go over and trigger the anti-theft alarm at the door so that at least security would come. She said not to bother… not only were there only three staff on the floor but the was nobody from security on that shift at all!

No wonder they have problems with theft.

A while ago now – i seen a drug addict that i knew get 2 leather lounge suites and 5 leather recliners out of the belco store into a truck he had stolen, then come back in and almost took every pair of high end brand name jeans. I seen him selling them, and i even sat on one of the couches later in another persons home. I have known of people walking out with electricals piled over their heads and the security has helped them to their car. I don’t steal things personally, but if i did Belco myers would be an easy target.

#30
steveu5:42 pm, 17 Dec 11

TheDancingDjinn said :

… I have known of people walking out with electricals piled over their heads and the security has helped them to their car..

Gold. Pure Gold. The imagine you painted with that brought tears to my eyes. =D

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