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Expansion for Westfield Woden

By johnboy 15 August 2013 27

The Australian has word of big changes in Woden:

Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra. The 72,300sq m centre includes a David Jones department store, a Big W discount department store, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, a cinema complex and more than 200 specialty retailers.

The proposed improvements will include a new bus station connected with a larger Westfield centre. Works are expected to be completed by mid-2016.

At a forum last year, Westfield revealed a plan to buy about 7000sq m of land from the ACT government for the proposed expansion.

The move would add about 30,000sq m of retail space to the existing centre and includes a new Myer department store, a new discount department store, supermarket and fresh food stores, fashion stores and general retail.

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c_c™ 6:54 pm 27 Nov 13

Madam Cholet said :

My most recent memory is of the version in Tuggers which seemed to be held together at the end by gaffer tape. At least it was plastered all over the fraying carpets.

Sounds about right, companies grade there stores which defines stock range and fit out and initially the Tuggers one was meant to be a Metro grade store. Not sure how long that lasted because throughout the late 90s until closure, it was dropped to a regional grade store.

Poor upkeep and range over at Belco Myer is a head scratcher.

Madam Cholet 10:16 am 27 Nov 13

Only my mother in law shops in Myer or DJs. And thankfully she’s no where near Woden, so.wont have the pleasure of perusing their overpriced goods. My most recent memory is of the version in Tuggers which seemed to be held together at the end by gaffer tape. At least it was plastered all over the fraying carpets.

Let’s face it, shops are only used these days as showrooms so you can see an item before you buy it online.

c_c™ 8:12 pm 26 Nov 13

Grace Bros bought Youngs in 1979.

Myer bought Grace Bros in 1983, at which time the Belco Myer was rebranded Grace Bros.

In 1985, Grace Bros chose to rebrand the Young stores as Grace Bros. Sometime after this, Youngs also closed two Owl Discount Supermarkets that ran as subsidiaries.

In 1987, Grace Bros announced their Woden store was moving along with their Woden sister store Fosseys to the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Management and all 150 staff of the Woden GB store were moved to Tuggeranong and the fixtures and stock were transferred over a 10-12 week period.

Then 1987-1988, Allens made an offer to buy a number of the GB (formerly Youngs) stores which was successful, lawsuits not withstanding.

Also in 1988, the decision was made to close Grace Bros East Row and Kingston in light of new Canberra Centre location where staff were transferred to.

Growling Ferret 7:50 pm 26 Nov 13

maxblues said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, and I thought retail was struggling.

There seems to be another business closing every week at Westfield Belconnen.

I walked through what was previously known as DFO today.

More staff than customers, and more closed shops than I had seen before. Its starting to look a lot like Bland Depot before it shut.

JC 7:34 pm 26 Nov 13

c_c™ said :

The latest update from Myer is the store is now slated for a 2015 opening, assumedly this is also when the rest of the Westfield extension will be completed, all seems to have gone quiet.

Turns out this would mark Myer’s return to Woden, discovered today that Grace Bros (which was bought by Myer in 1983) used to inhabit the area in the vicinity of the present day food court. Closed down 1987 in order to move to Tuggeranong where it seems retailers thought a gold-mine awaited.

It didn’t really close down to move to Tuggeranong. As someone else has mentioned the shop used to be a Youngs which was a local department store brand. Grace Bros brought Youngs for what ever reason and then closed down a couple of smaller shops, Woden being one of them. So wasn’t a Grace Bros for very long at all.

Other Youngs stores that went to Grace Bros brand were in Dickson (later sold to Allens and now Harris Scarf), two in the City, (one in the bus interchange and one in Garama Place), these were closed in 1989 when the Canberra centre opened and one in QBN. Not sure about other shops down south.

Pork Hunt 7:34 pm 26 Nov 13

switch said :

I remember when you could walk through Woden Plaza and not have to detour around the stands selling socks and foxtel…

I can too. That was before socks and foxtel…

maxblues 7:06 pm 26 Nov 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, and I thought retail was struggling.

There seems to be another business closing every week at Westfield Belconnen.

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