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Let the shopping begin


More than two years of parking pain and shopping frustration for western suburbers are drawing to a close as the lavishly refurbed Indooroopilly Shopping Centre increasingly reveals its new personality. Today a bunch of new shops opened their doors, including the very spiffy David Jones spread over two floors, joining numerous others which have taken off their wraps over the past year.

IMG_1623An upgraded Target and KMart were early starters while a section of a gourmet food precinct opened last year. For the seriously caffeine addicted a very fancy Coles with its own coffee shop, and shopping trolleys fitted for take-away coffees and smart phones,  followed last month.

My first memory of Indro, as it is affectionately known, is from 1970 when, after three years working in London and travelling in Europe and the Middle East, I returned to Brisbane and was shown from the vantage point of Mt Coot-tha the sprawling Westfield Indooroopilly Shoppingtown that had sprung up in my absence. From memory it has gone through one other facelift and a change in owners since that time. This latest iteration has increased its size by one-third and to 340 shops at a cost of around $450 million.

The precinct won’t just lure us with acres of marble, chandeliers, luxury boutiques such as Ted Baker, Mimco, Saba, Boss and Lululemon, and other favourites such as Rebel Sport and Kathmandu, it will also tempt with a selection of tantalising restaurants including Harajuku Gyoza and Nantucket.

IMG_1611IMG_1616IMG_1621With a new Aldi opening recently at Kenmore we inner Westies now don’t feel so discriminated against especially with Toowong Village also being tarted up.


Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

3 thoughts on “Let the shopping begin

  1. Mingalaba Westie!

    Whilst ‘western’ is definitely not a location to be admitted to in Sydney the same can’t be said for Brissie! Obviously. I have visions of you gliding bare-footed from boutique to restaurant to the much-loved DJs after your discovery of the joys of marble underfoot in Burma, especially on hot, hot days! AND you can catch a train to the airport. Where else is there to love but Indro?

    It does seem that all good things come to the deserving.

    Don and I are popping off to London in June. Now this may seem silly but we’ve been offered free accommodation. How can we refuse? We have long planned to spend days and days in London so now the time has come. Nerida’s sister, who is very, very rich, owns a flat in Notting Hill which is on the market to be sold. We’re all (N, S, D, J) pouncing on this one-off opportunity to stay in a posh place for nix.

    And, after you saying that you enjoyed Dubai, Don and I are stopping over there for three nights. I’d love some feedback on good things to do.

    We’ll be absent (but ALWAYS contactable!) from 1 June to 26 June. I can but hope all will be well with mum. I don’t think Lib will be able to come over as she has some family issues to put before Bonnie. (I’m feeling terribly self indulgent and guilty because of it.)

    We’re preparing and sending the Iran visa necessaries before we go. This is sensible because I’m not sure how long it’ll take me/us to be back on Iran, etc track when we return.

    It was so good to see you again for the festival. And thanks for the email…I’m sorry I haven’t replied sooner.

    Thank you again for another enjoyable blog.



    Sent from my iPad


  2. Sure looks spivvy. Must try and get over there one day

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