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Another empty shopfront in Garema Place?

By MsCheeky - 14 July 2011 30

The Australian pub seems to have shut its doors and stolen away into the night.  Outdoor furniture gone, windows covered over, no more repetitious 70’s and 80’s soundtrack.  Gone forever?

The ice skating rink has really injected some welcome life and colour into the space, but as someone who’s worked here for about six years, I find it sad to see all the empty shopfronts around Garema Place. 

Shopping malls are not my bag, baby.  Let’s keep the more interesting independent shops and a bit of life into the open-air city centre.

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Another empty shopfront in Garema Place?
Thumper 8:17 pm 14 Jul 11

Another small pub gone.

Guess we’ll all have to drink in Labor Clubs soon hey?

deye 7:37 pm 14 Jul 11

MelonHead said :

Wouldn’t this ramshackle 2 story building much better serve Canberra’s needs by being a 22 storey office block, encompassing a multitude of community needs, as well as being the greenest building in town?

Think of the profits!

It could be interesting to replace that block with a high rise with shops on the ground floor with a mix of office a residential higher up. It would suit the centrepoint name more than the current building does.

c` 6:46 pm 14 Jul 11

Put a huge canopy over city walk. Might be as simple as that.

PM 6:46 pm 14 Jul 11

It’s closed.

Yet another pub gone.

papadoc 6:41 pm 14 Jul 11

I can 100% confirm that The Australian is closed for good. I can’t confirm as to why, but it is not being renovated, it’s goooone!

Golden-Alpine 6:38 pm 14 Jul 11

MelonHead said :

Pay attention to RA. Is not this site owned by QIC (aka our Grubbiment’s Overlords)?

Wouldn’t this ramshackle 2 story building much better serve Canberra’s needs by being a 22 storey office block, encompassing a multitude of community needs, as well as being the greenest building in town?

Think of the profits!

Turn that block into a CostCo!!!! 😉

MelonHead 6:15 pm 14 Jul 11

Pay attention to RA. Is not this site owned by QIC (aka our Grubbiment’s Overlords)?

Wouldn’t this ramshackle 2 story building much better serve Canberra’s needs by being a 22 storey office block, encompassing a multitude of community needs, as well as being the greenest building in town?

Think of the profits!

Mr Lubberlubber 6:14 pm 14 Jul 11

Just to clarify, Westfield doesn’t own Canberra Centre – it is Qld Investment Corp (QIC).

As others have said, the only way to stop it happening is to support the shops that are there. The problem is that the area attracts a fair few marginal businesses, although it also has some long-established ones. These businesses do little to create a critical mass to get people out of the Mall. Without some sort of co-ordinated intervention to make the place draw more people, it will never getb there. The ice skating rink is a very good example of things that could do this. It would be great to have something different happening in there all year round so there is a reason to go there apart from the shops. Once this happens, the right businesses can open there and be self-supporting.

deye 5:44 pm 14 Jul 11

JennD said :

What could we do to ensure it survives westfield?

buy things from them ?

gooterz 5:26 pm 14 Jul 11

How long before its part of the canberra centre!
Doesnt take much to realise the new part of the canberra centre has a big window facing out toward Centrepoint which would easily be extended.

JennD 4:52 pm 14 Jul 11

Totally agree, I’d love to keep garema place going as a shopping mall – the original kind! All a mall is is a dedicated walking area for doing things in whether it’s buying and selling or not. Putting them inside buildings is fine to an extent (obviously weather is an impact!) but I also love walking along outside, popping into the odd shop or two. What could we do to ensure it survives westfield?

Keijidosha 4:28 pm 14 Jul 11

They’ve started taking down the signage, and a family member has been calling/emailing for weeks regarding a booking with no answer. If they’re renovating you’d think there would be some kind of signage on the window/website to reflect this.

The number of empty shops in City Walk is steadily climbing. Centerpoint is virtually empty and other small plazas are looking thin.

john87_no1 4:11 pm 14 Jul 11

Im still unsure what made the pub “Australian”.

YetAnotherBlowIn 3:28 pm 14 Jul 11

deye said :

That said, whether it’s closed or renovating it sure didn’t last long.

Depends on your time scale. It lasted longer than Red Herring…

There’s nothing on their website.

deye 3:20 pm 14 Jul 11

I think they are renovating given the lack of “for lease” signs and that they haven’t boarded up upstairs and appeared to be doing something in there last night.

That said, whether it’s closed or renovating it sure didn’t last long.

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