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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Farewell Old Friend

Sad news this week that Mackellys is to close down its three branches in the Clarence Valley. The age of the country department store probably finished thirty years ago so we have been lucky to have this "dinosaur" in our midst  for those extra years.
That leaves us with just chain stores left and although they employ lots of people it just isn't the same. They are the equivalent of the hamburger chains, cheap and devoid of any service and personality.
Mackellys will be especially remembered for the extravagant displays at Jacaranda. Who could believe that hundreds would've crowded around a shop window to see a six foot egg hatch into the beautiful Jackasaurusaraurus.
It's a cliche but with  Gerards, Schaeffers, McKittricks etc all long gone the closure will really be the end of an era.


  1. We lost most of our suburban department stores about 30 years ago. I still remember regular trips to the multi-levelled Barters department store at Hurstville as a child. Once Westfield arrived in 1978, that was the beginning of the end for Barters.

  2. Westfield is a bloody contagion, a scourge!

    Mark, was this an economic decision? Or were there insufficient family members willing to continue on?

  3. It is both Julie. When Mackelleys closes I will have no choice but to buy at chain stores.


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