Farmers would be rebranded as Myer in 1976
In 1982, plans for extensions were rejected by Sutherland Council. The scheme proposed expansion over the railway line and into Karimbla Road.
During the same year, Myer purchased Grace Bros. In early 1983, Myer made the decision to withdraw from NSW citing poor sales and focus on growing the Grace Bros brand across the state.
Source: Anon. 1983. "New jobs for Miranda staff". The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, February 16: 3.
The majority of Myer stores were converted to Grace Bros. Some stores were closed altogether e.g. Gordon.
As Grace Bros was already a tenant in Westfield Miranda, it was decided that Myer would vacate the space.
This allowed Westfield to subdivide the space once occupied by the store. You will notice that some of that layout still remains, even after redevelopment and upgrades in 2014.
Source: Anon. 1983. "Myer Miranda Fair to be redeveloped". The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, May 11: 38.
In mid 1983, Harvey Norman moved into what was the top floor of Farmers/Myer and would remain there for a decade before moving to Caringbah.
The extensions and upgrades were completed in three stages - April 1984, August 1984 and March 1985.
The number of shops had doubled again - 160 retailers under the one roof.
One departure was the Miranda branch of Sutherland Library, moving to its current site in Wandella Road.
Below are some scans from The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader from 1984 and 1985 to promote the upgrades and selected advertisements.
April 1984 - Stage 1
August 1984 - Stage 2
March 1985 - Stage 3