Monday 26 December 2011


Myer is Australia's largest department store chain, retailing a broad range of merchandise including women's, men's and children's clothing, footwear and accessories; cosmetics and fragrance; homewares; electrical; furniture and bedding; toys; books and stationery; food and confectionery; and travel goods. The Myer retail group was started by Sidney Myer, who migrated from Russia to Melbourne in 1899 with very little money and little knowledge of English to join his elder brother, Elcon Myer (1875-1938), who had left Russia two years earlier. They opened the first Myer store in Bendigo, Victoria in 1900. After prospering, the second store opened in 1908. In 1911 Myer purchased the business of Wright and Neil, Drapers, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, near the General Post Office, and a new building was completed and opened in 1914. From this base in Melbourne, Myer built Australia's largest chain of department stores, and the only chain with stores in all Australian states.

In June 2007, a consortium comprising the Myer family, Colonial First State and GIC Real Estate (Singapore) announced it would be purchasing Myer's Melbourne CBD store. The Bourke Street part of the store was planned to be redeveloped by 2009, with Myer taking a 60-year lease, but the development was not completed until March 2011. The Lonsdale Street part of the store closed in 2009. Here one can see the newly refurbished and renovated Bourke St store on the sixth level that houses electronics, DVDs, CDs, cameras, etc.

This post is part of the Mellow Yellow Monday meme.


  1. Merry Christmas Nix, hope you got through the storms in Melbourne yesterday.
    Bet the Myer doesn't look this empty today.
    the Myer family have a really intersting connection to the Clarence Valley that I will blog about one day...I will tell you when i get around to doing it.

  2. The photo captures a very abstract design beautifully glowing with gold shapes and lines! I still remember when Myer moved into Sydney and took over the Grace Bros store in Broadway - upper end of George Street! That was their second move into Sydney. They took over Farmers in inner Sydney some years before. A most interesting post!

  3. Looks state of the art. Would love shopping there :-)

    Santa Candy holder

  4. Looks like an great place to shop, very modern! Happy MYM and I wish you all the best in 2012.
    Happy New Years!

  5. Looks great. I like the use of natural light.

  6. WOW! I was in Melbourne only 3 weeks ago visiting my family. I didn't get a change to see the new renovations. (I was too busy photographing St. Pauls & Hosier Lane)

  7. Very beautiful and well captured too!

    Late visiting from Mellow Yellow. You may want to see some of my Yummy Yellows when you get a chance. Advance happy new year!

  8. That is HUGE!!

    Visiting for MYM! Here's mine- hope you can visit too:) the link to comment back:)

  9. beautiful store :-) visiting for MYM, hope that you can return the favor too.


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