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No Man’s Land, or Where Prams Collide – The new DFO Canberra in Fyshwick.

By johnboy 15 September 2008 72

[First filed: September 12, 2008 @ 14:01]

My lasting impression of DFO is a tattooed bloke in a tank top, reeking of tobacco, pushing a pram and producing an ear splitting belch.

Getting in to the new shopping megapolis around 11am was an experience in itself. Trekking along Canberra Avenue we found it just as we were thinking we’d end up in Queanbeyan and were looking to turn around. Fret not, there’s no chance of driving past this thing by accident.

Joining the traffic jam to get into the car park we were able to enjoy a few more songs on the car stereo on a nice sunny day, so no harm done.

Once we’d wended through a kilometre or so of traffic jam we were waved into the car park. From there we were waved to the right, and then to the back. Finally we drove past a sea of full parking spaces and then discovered we were irrevocably on an exit track which expelled us into the back of the traffic jam to get into the car park.

We drove up to Bunnings and hoofed it back to the DFO.

We then walked and walked and walked around the monumental structure to find the entrance.

(slideshow and more below)

Inside was, well even bigger than the outside. The shoe shops stretch further than the eye can see.

Name a clothing brand and chances are they’ll have a store of their own in there.

Construction is still ongoing and a lot of traders are still fitting out. But there’s a hell of a lot stores open.

So many stores. I have no idea how Canberra’s retail dollar is going to stretch this far.

If looking at clothes and trying them on is your thing then you’ll probably love the place.

For men, however, my advice is to drop the girls at the DFO and then head to Kembla street for some Zierholz beer until they call you to collect them.

The bookshop is one of those dreary affairs where people who don’t read books go and buy them for people who they think might like them.

There’s a Sanity, but no decent DVD outlet (JB Hifi is coming apparently). And no gadget shops yet (coming I hear).

So it’s seriously one that will really appeal to ladies that shop, and close to a brewery for everyone else.

What’s Your opinion?


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ant 9:35 pm 30 Nov 08

It’s safe to visit DFO now, the crowds have gone. I wandered over this arvo, around 4ish, and it was very quiet indeed. Tehy do have a good range of shops, I had meant to head around to JB Hi Fi but left it too late and it’s a hike down the hall to get to it. Have to go back another day.

Felix the Cat 9:03 pm 15 Sep 08

I went and had a look at DFO today. It certainly does sh!t all over Brand Depot as far a variety and quantity of shops. Layout is quite similar to BD except of course for underground carpark with escalators leading straight up into the DFO, no need to go out in the wild weather. Quite a few people there at 4pm, mostly young women looking for bargain priced fashion. Lots of stores have notices in the window advertising for staff wanted. There was one shop (can’t remember what it was called) that was selling clothing “nothing over $12”. It was a complete sh!tfight inside. Stuff everywhere. Looked like a teenage girl’s bedroom. There were clothes on the floor and empty packaging and the clothes that were on the rack were just shoved on there. To be fair I saw only one shop assistant in this shop so she probably has to do everything.

johnboy 10:06 pm 14 Sep 08

I imagine for the right price they’ll do pretty much anything.

imarty 10:03 pm 14 Sep 08

Do Zierholz do christmas parties? I’ll have to give Christoph a call re ours.

Granny 10:03 pm 14 Sep 08

Thanks, johnboy! I think I shall. I’ve been looking forward to my birthday since forever.

johnboy 9:57 pm 14 Sep 08

Zierholz?

Give Christoph a call!

Granny 9:53 pm 14 Sep 08

Oh, no!!

I need it to be open for my birthday party next week! I have just about convinced the family that I am fair dinkum about this, and most of them are still in shock.

Now what will I do?!

ant 9:17 pm 14 Sep 08

Spectra said :

we went in to Zierholz for lunch on Saturday and the place was packed. Looks like a lot of people took the “let’s go to the DFO…then have lunch at that brewery place” plan.

We tried to do that today! Parking was still a debacle and I didn’t even try to go into the official park, but everywehre was packed. found a spot on the kerbside, this is often a good chance in Canberra because a lot of people can’t do a kerb park.

So we had a nice stooge around, didn’t go into any of the packed shops. There was a sheets and towels place that was interesting, they had sheets and doonas made of cotton that were really smooth for amazing prices. The shop flogging Japanese stuff was interesting too, loved the wonky clay cups.

I hope they open for reasonable evening hours so we can go back when it’s more Brand Depot like (ie deserted) and have a proper poke around.

Then we attempted to go to Zierholz, but it was closed.

Enny 8:05 pm 14 Sep 08

Wide Boy Jake – Tarotcash(sp?!) had 2XL shirts – a really lovely black one with dark green stripes in particular.

I went to the opening on Thursday and I really loved it – it was a real shame the food court wasn’t open at the time as they would have had a very captive audience there.

It was great to see current season stock in a fair range of sizes at a good price – I will definitely head back out there again (I was at the Brisbane one a month ago and didn’t buy anything there).

OzChick 12:51 pm 14 Sep 08

^ We did that on Friday night. It took us half an hr to drive out to the DFO carpark at 6pm and we got to the Zierholz Brewery at 6.30pm.

A lot people must have assumed that DFO was going to open late that evening and went there after work.

Spectra 11:21 am 14 Sep 08

For men, however, my advice is to drop the girls at the DFO and then head to Kembla street for some Zierholz beer until they call you to collect them.
Funny you should mention that – we went in to Zierholz for lunch on Saturday and the place was packed. Didn’t even occur to us until a bit later why that was – the poor bar manager was being run off her feet (she reckons previous Saturdays they’d had maybe 12 people through in dribs and drabs) – doubly so since the person who usually helped her was off for the day. Somehow she managed to maintain a smiling, bubbly demeanour. Looks like a lot of people took the “let’s go to the DFO…then have lunch at that brewery place” plan.

Loquaciousness 10:19 am 14 Sep 08

Thumper said :

A]ELN]ETLN]PLBEA]T

Obviously ancient Sumerian script.

Either that or random capitals

As luck would have it, I’m fluent in ancient Sumerian. It says “the Aliens are coming.”

Seems Granny was right, after all 😉

L

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