Friday, September 29, 2006

International Malls: Garden City Shopping Centre

Mount Gravatt, Queensland - August, 1972

This amazingly groovy photo (are we at Disneyland?) is the parking lot and main entrance at the (Westfield owned) Garden City Shopping Centre, in Australia.

I don't mind doing a little occasional globetrotting when it leads me to beauties like this! Even the sky looks cool. And just look at that entrance design, too! Now that's just good stuff.


Blogger Scott Parsons said...

Fancy... This is one of those mega-malls, now. HUGE.
Bet when this was taken, it was just a little thang.

Fri Sep 29, 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Looks plenty big to me already in this shot! :D

Fri Sep 29, 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Well, Westfield knew what it had to do once it bought Franklin Park Mall in Toledo. It's the same way basically.

Nowadays the Westfield Franklin Park is practically the only mall left in Toledo besides Woodville in Northwood. The old Southwyck Shopping Center, the remaining indoor mall to the south will be torn down and the land will be reconfigured into a "lifestyle center" complex (as if I ever bother wanting to go down there in the cold for that).

Sat Sep 30, 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Checking out the Garden City, I couldn't help but notice they have a Kmart anchor there! This of course is the Austalian version of Kmart that isn't affiliated with the Sears Holdings Corp stores we got up here (and their logo is also a modified version of the classic Red/Blue one we grew up with). Although according to Wikipedia, the name may fade away given a possible merger that will take place at the end of the year.

Sat Sep 30, 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Parsons said...

At Kmart in Australia, instead of a blue-light special, it's a red-light special.
Last I was there, they still were flipping the light on and you'd get 10 minutes to save on a Kiddie Fire Extinguisher.

Sun Oct 01, 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an Aussie retro mall enthusiast (I often think I was born in the wrong place in the wrong time), and for a second I thought this was the Garden City Shopping Centre in Perth, Western Australia, my local. I've been trying to find old pics of it (I've seen one from 1972, but it's really small and black and white). I've done a history on that one at

Nonetheless, awesome pic of an awesome mall (I haven't actually visited this one). Hopefully I can find an old pic (I've got some pics from the 80s, if you're interested) of another mall named Garden City in Western Australia.

Wed Oct 04, 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That photo lf you look at it now that is a dining precinct and the southern end has lost 20 shops to accommodate another 100 shops and MYER Target and Aldi

Sat May 10, 07:32:00 AM  

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