Started by smitho, January 05, 2013, 05:30:10 pm
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Quote from: smitho on January 05, 2013, 05:30:10 pmThe Myer store at Belconnen can claim a number of very unusual attributes:-- only Myers store in Australia to have been built and owned by the Commonwealth- only store in the chain to have gone through so many name changes....started off as Myer/then Farmers/then Grace Bros/and then Myer again ...I'm a bit hazy on all of this!
Quote from: ajw373 on January 07, 2013, 07:41:44 pm... there were many Myer stores in NSW that changed name to Grace Bros when Myer brought Grace Bros (Myer thought it best to consolidate and use just the single Grace Bros brand name in NSW/ACT as it was the stronger more 'local' brand) and then back to Myer when the Grace name was put to bed.
Quote from: smitho on January 08, 2013, 02:13:37 pmRegarding the name 'Farmers', may be you are right on that score...my memory is a little hazy on that.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 12:12:21 pmNot quite. What actually happened was that in 1983 Grace Bros (which was a competitor to Myer), purchased Myer's NSW-based stores (except for one - brownie points for anyone who knows which) and rebranded them as Grace Bros.In July the same year, Myer bought out Grace Bros Ltd but retained the Grace Bros name.(reference: wikipedia)
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 12:12:21 pmWhat's also interesting to note is that at the time of the Grace Bros takeover, there was both a Grace Bros and Myer store in Belconnen Mall. J B Young was an early tenant in level 1 (located where Best & Less and JB Hi Fi are) and this became a Grace Bros store when GB bought out JBY in 1979. This store was closed when Myer became Grace Bros.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 12:12:21 pmA wikipedia search reveals Farmers is a NZ department store.
Quote from: smitho on January 10, 2013, 01:51:34 pmCan anyone remember the name of the Department store which used to be in the upstairs part of the Monaro Mall, roughly above where Coles used to be...near the corner of Bunda St and Petrie Plaza?From memory, it was a part of a WA based chain and was a little bit up market.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 02:12:40 pmYes, it was Chatswood Myer that remained as Myer, since GB already had a store there. After the Myer takeover, it remained as the only NSW Myer store.There was a Triffid's furniture store at Belconnen Mall. They took over the former J B Young / Grace Bros store.Side note: J B Young was at Jamison, but not sure if ever at Kippax - I only recall Fosseys and the Owl Supermarket (which was a division of JBY).
Quote from: ajw373 on January 10, 2013, 02:47:54 pmit wouldn't have ever been known as Grace Bros as the Youngs name was still used in the 80's, probably up until Myer brought Grace Bros and rebanded Myer and Youngs as Grace Bros (plus selling some stores).
Quote from: ajw373 on January 10, 2013, 01:19:11 pm. There was another iconic Canberra brand in the shop you are talking about selling furniture and electrical (though you will find it didn't include what is JB Hi Fi but included the space occuoped by Priceline and the Reject shop?) but the name escapes me at the moment.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 03:38:48 pmI'll concede that (except the part about Myer rebranding as Grace Bros since that occurred first when GB bought the Myer stores). What I do recall is that the Youngs store became Grace Bros before it closed. It could have been after Myer became GB and they used it as a clearance store. I remain adamant that Triffett's was not an original tenant. An old Canberra phone book would come in handy about now.
Quote from: Buzz Killington on January 10, 2013, 05:29:35 pmI think that may have been Chandlers. From memory they had one at Belconnen (where the Reject Shop is now - but I recall Priceline being next to it). There was also one at Tuggeranong (Homeworld, where the shop front was near Aldi) and Woden (downstairs sround where Foot Locker is)
Quote from: Buzz Killington on January 10, 2013, 05:29:35 pmI also recall Fosseys being upstairs at Tuggeranong, and rebranding a few times, at one stage being "Coles Fosseys". It was later an electrical store (the name escapes me, but was later rebranded to Betta Electrical). The Reject Shop moved in next, followed by Cotton On a few months back.Tuggeranong as I recall it hasn't had many majors move around.
Quote from: Buzz Killington on January 10, 2013, 05:29:35 pmI can't really recall much of Woden before the last major refurb there, apart from Woolies being down where JB Hifi and Homebase are now, a farmers market where the food court is and a Franklins nearby. A few structural changes around too - the old Clock Court near JB Hifi had the big clock removed when the escalators were relocated, and I think there was a similar arch over the escalators near Big W in "Palm Court". Big W used to have a second entry too, just near an entry to the mall which is now gone, behind corner near the Body Shop. And who could forget Timezone, which was rougly the space from Subway down to Hoyts.
Quote from: ajw373 on January 10, 2013, 07:03:37 pmNo they have remained pretty static. Though Kmart and Coles were once one shop called Super K Mart and clearly Grace Bros/Myer have recently closed.Woden has had a few. There was Norman Ross in the space that then turned into Harvey Norman.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 10, 2013, 07:44:13 pmAs for Woden Plaza, other way around: Palm Court was where Woolworths was located and Clock Court was Big W.
Quote from: Sir Pompously on January 10, 2013, 10:04:31 pmThere was most certainly a BBC at Phillip, I believe it was where Ray White is now.A quick look at Trove has revealed some old photos of Woden Plaza, complete with photos of Clock and Palm courts. I like the old "Big W Discount Store" sign in Clock Court. http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?q=woden%20plaza
Quote from: smitho on January 12, 2013, 01:29:15 amYou are right about the Phillip BBC store. The BBC store in Braddon used to be Mackays (which also had a store near the Kingston Central Library, across from the Station), both becoming BBC. Therfe was also a Pauls Hardware store on Hindmarsh Drive in what is now called The Paul's Centre, next to Magnet Mart.
Quote from: Buzz Killington on January 12, 2013, 08:10:21 amPaul's was definitely where Magnet Mart is now. Paul's Centre next door (still named as such) housed the head office upstairs with retail downstairs. Paul's is named for Pul Donoghue, the (now former) owner of the stores. As many may know they are part of Woolworths Ltd now
Quote from: ajw373 on January 12, 2013, 07:05:17 amAlso with hardware stores in Phillip I just looked at the map and the location where Ray White appears to me to be where the Timber Centre was located (which later became part of Mitre 10 before disappearing). Or was the Timber Centre a street or two further down?
Quote from: smitho on January 12, 2013, 01:29:15 amMy first ever department store retail experience in Canberra was at the large Mates store in Civic, which was later rebranded as a JB Youngs store. It operated on 3 levels; its ground floor is now partly occupied by a McDonalds and IGA Civic.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on January 12, 2013, 11:43:50 amCan anyone recall whether that was the only Rogers / Mates store in Canberra? Were perhaps some of the Youngs stores dotted around Canberra ex-Mates stores which were bought out by J B Young?
Quote from: ajw373 on January 10, 2013, 01:19:11 pmI don't ever recall there being a Youngs in Belconnen ... There was another iconic Canberra brand in the shop you are talking about selling furniture and electrical ... but the name escapes me at the moment.
QuoteThe Canberra-based department-store company, J. B. Young Ltd, is negotiating for space in the Belconnen Mall. The company's general manager, Mr W. G. Colman, confirmed last night that negotiations were taking place, but said nothing had been formally signed.If J. B. Young Ltd opens in the Belconnen Mall it is likely to be in space left vacant on the lower level by Georges Discounts. The new store will probably specialise in home-makers' items, hardware and electrical goods, and is expected to open late next month.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on November 30, 2013, 01:24:17 pmAlso found this in Trove regarding J B Young's at Belconnen. (July 1979)So Young's wasn't an original tenant.
Quote from: smitho on November 30, 2013, 03:22:03 pmThe Youngs Garema Place store building still stands and is subdivided into an arcade.
QuoteYoungs had recently closed its hardware store in Braddon, and its homemaker store in Belconnen Mall, where the stock and premises have been taken over by Triffetts. It would close stores in Temora next week, and in the Jamison Centre in December, and Cootamundra and Yass in January.
Quote from: Buzz Killington on January 10, 2013, 05:29:35 pmI think that may have been Chandlers. From memory they had one at Belconnen (where the Reject Shop is now - but I recall Priceline being next to it).
Quote from: smitho on January 12, 2013, 07:03:28 pmWould I be right in thinking that the Allens store in Dickson had been a Mates store prior to the JB Young absorbtion of Mates?
Quote from: Sir Pompously on December 01, 2013, 04:24:12 pmI cannot recall the Woden Plaza logo displayed on Page 13. The tree logo is the earliest I remember!