Monday, 13 July 2015

1965: Marcus Clark's Shopping Centre Advertisement

This month, it will be fifty years since Marcus Clarks Department Store closed at Railway Square, after serving the people of Sydney for 82 years. It had been bought out by rival chain Waltons after rising debts.

Just months before closing, it made the decision to reinvent itself as a shopping centre, promising everything under one roof plus one hour of free parking if you showed your docket.

It had become a victim of the rise of suburban shopping centres, which had impacted on retailers in the southern sections of the central business district.

Here is an advertisement that I found from March 1965, as published in The Sunday Telegraph. 

  Marcus Clarks Ads March 7 1965 Sunday Telegraph 39
Source: Marcus Clark's. 1965. "Marcus Clark's shopping centre... Uptown Railway Square (Advertisement)". The Sunday Telegraph, March 7, 39.