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DFO Canberra opens on Friday

johnboy 10 September 2008 43

For reasons that are slightly beyond me there’s a huge amount of buzz out there about the opening on Friday of the Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) location in Fyshwick.

Anyway, the doors open at 10am this Friday.

So the wait is nearly over.

Other obligations notwithstanding we’ll try and get out there to take a look and get back to you. Any experienced shoppers wanting to contribute their expertise should email john@the-riotact.com .


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Davo111 Davo111 9:57 am 13 Sep 08

I went down last night and was quite disappointed. I thought they would have late night shopping on opening Friday! Went to Bunnings instead – and yes it was fantastic.

ant ant 9:38 am 13 Sep 08

OzChick said :

and people got in without passes, as they didn’t even check.

Yeah, they’re the ones who didn’t have to surrender their address/email info to the Spammers of DFO!

misshelly misshelly 5:29 am 13 Sep 08

heinous said :

Went to the DFO today, was very disappointed at the traffic arrangements. I left at 6pm (closing time) and it took 30 minutes to get out of the car park. If you plan on visiting I recommend you get out of their by 5:30pm or you’ll get stuck like I did.

hahaha I left at about quarter to 6 😛

figured exactly what you just posted, looked at the time, and got the hell out of there 😛

BigDave BigDave 1:46 am 13 Sep 08

So the wait is nearly over.

Who was waiting??

SheepGroper SheepGroper 8:29 pm 12 Sep 08

At 6:30 there were queues to enter and to leave after being told it had closed. I thought opening hours would have been checked on all advertising material but there were lots of people trying to get in.

heinous heinous 7:20 pm 12 Sep 08

Went to the DFO today, was very disappointed at the traffic arrangements. I left at 6pm (closing time) and it took 30 minutes to get out of the car park. If you plan on visiting I recommend you get out of their by 5:30pm or you’ll get stuck like I did.

MissB MissB 1:54 pm 12 Sep 08

I got a couple of good bargins I would not have found in the store in the shopping centres. Portmans was a great store for work stuff! Big discounts on some items, and the extra 20% off made a difference!!

OzChick OzChick 12:24 pm 12 Sep 08

So how did people fare last night?? Spend lots of money??

There were heaps of women there (not surprising) and people got in without passes, as they didn’t even check.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:50 am 12 Sep 08

Boo hoo, you 20% snobs can run along then, haha.

realityskin realityskin 7:26 am 12 Sep 08

i got 75% off some shirts, 90 down to 20.

misshelly misshelly 4:42 am 12 Sep 08

yes 20% off isn’t that great, but like anything you have to pick and choose. If you were going to buy it anyway, it’s better than the original price.

However if you’re just looking for random bargains then you probably need to visit a few times and keep an eye out. I got a $230 Esprit coat for $60 at DFO Brissy (obviously not much need for coats up there and it was coming into summer).

ant ant 9:47 pm 11 Sep 08

20% off? Yuck. I got some shoes at La Scala the other weekend that were 50% off. That’s my kind of off. 20% isn’t a bargain. There is the odd bargain to be had at Brand Depot, but in the main, spoon-fed bargains aren’t really bargains. Mind you, half price shoes that are still $155 probably aren’t either.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 9:20 pm 11 Sep 08

And for those who were interested, the free gift was a white calico bag with blue trim ( I was there for the book shop )

Parking was really bad at 6:15, as if they hadn’t planned for 3,000 people to turn up at once.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:48 pm 11 Sep 08

Back from the DFO opening night. I picked up some shoes at 20% off, a one night only discount. Or so they said.

I didn’t have much time and subsequently missed out on quite a few stores I would have otherwise looked at.

I haven’t been to Brand Depot for ages, but did go shortly after it opened. The vibe of DFO as a new centre is much better than BD, and from memory, there’s a greater variety/quality of stores. It’s also more conveniently located too.

I’m not sure BD will be around for Christmas 2009.

bd84 bd84 11:07 pm 10 Sep 08

Another lot of shops which will be popular for a month or 2 before the novalty wears off… It doesn’t have much that any other shopping centre in Canberra has. The “bargains” aren’t that much of a bargain from what I’ve seen too.

Sammy said :

Actually, it seems like the DFO website has just left the entire purple section off the store listing, which as far as i’m concerned are the drawcard stores. Doh!

When they announced it’s impending opening a month or two ago they said that the “homemaker” retailers wouldn’t open until later and would open progressively before christmas.

ant ant 9:37 pm 10 Sep 08

He’s going to go through planes at a rate of knots then. A plane for the Tralee site, a plane for DFO….

SheepGroper SheepGroper 8:14 pm 10 Sep 08

Mr Evil said :

Will Snowy be launching any last minute court action to have the place shut down?

He’ll arrange for a plane to be flown into the building.

misshelly misshelly 6:32 pm 10 Sep 08

oh I can’t wait! I have been to the Sydney and Brissy ones heaps of times and always get heaps of bargains… FINALLY we get one here!

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 4:56 pm 10 Sep 08

i thought we were getting an IKEA?!?!?!

PickedANickname PickedANickname 3:45 pm 10 Sep 08

The hours are great!

Looking forward to the kid stuff shops.

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