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SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND ADELAIDE
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McLaren Vale: another beautiful wine region.
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SHOPS IN ADELAIDE
It is hard to know who owns the businesses where you shop, so thought I'd check out a few places that I use after being
told that the Katies/Autograph store in Rundle Mall was closing (Feb 2017). Katies has moved to the Myer Centre but Autograph will only be in suburban shopping
centres and I notice that seems to be the pattern for so many female clothing stores now. The city is moving towards the overseas chains you see in every
big city in the world and in my opinion it is ruining shopping in our city, which I love, as opposed to endless Westfield type malls.
Not all companies are transparent with information and ownership changes all the time. Pleasingly, most shops seem to be Australian owned at this time.
On 30 August, 2018, The Australian has a story that Noni B has paid Speciality fashion $31m for Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and Rivers.
Noni B is actually part of the Alceon Bidco Group. It's all very confusing to see so many stores in the same shopping centres owned by the same group.
At the end of 2019, Noni B brand apparently changed its name to Mosaic Brands. It owns chains Noni B, Rivers, Katies, Millers, Rockman, Autograph, Beme. Table Eight,
Crossroads, W Lane and online retailer Ezibuy.
Myers-public Australian Company. Premier Investments run by Solomon Lew bought 10.77% of Myers on 27-3-17.
He is putting the pressure on Myers 31-10-17 and they are seeking support of shareholders.
David Jones-Woolworths Holdings Limited, S Africa, also owns Country Road
Harris Scarfe Fabric chain Spotlight together with Anaconda and Mountain Designs signed a deal to buy
Harris Scarfe (March 2020) but the status of the busines remains unclear.
LADIES' CLOTHING STORES
Autograph Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B (Aug 2018)
Beme-Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B Group owned by Alceon Bidco-Australian Co.
Best & Less- Pepkor, S African retail group
Black Pepper-Aus public co. owned by the
Cotton On-Private Australian owned company
Jacqui E-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
Jeanswest-Glorious Sun, a Hong Kong company
Just Jeans-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
Katies- Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B (Aug 2018)
Millers-Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B (Aug 2018)
My Size-Australian Owned
Noni B-Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco
Portmans-Premier Investments-Just Group-Solomon Lew
H&M now in Adelaide (since 2018)
Rivers- Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B (Aug 2018)
Rockmans-Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B Group-Alceon Bidco
Sportsgirl- Sussan Group
Suzanne Grae- Sussan Group
W Lane-Mosaic Brands (2019), formerly Noni B Group
DISCOUNT VARIETY STORES
Cheap as Chips-Australian privately owned company
The Reject shop-Public Aus company-struggling, April '17
Browse In and Save-Wholly SA owned enterprise in Adelaide.
Wittner Shoes-Australian owned and operated
Betts Shoes-WA owned and operated
Barlow and Grundy Shoe shops-Barlow family owned, SA
Williams Shoes-Australian owned by Munro Footwear Group
Strandbags-foreign-owned, Malta-based Parelpark Limited.
Smiggles-Premier Investments-Solomon Lew
Spotlight-Spotlight Group (also owns Anaconda)-private Aus. Co.
Lincraft-Private co. since 2005 receivership.
COMPANIES WITH MULTIPLE STORES
Mosaic Brand formerly Noni B Group-BeMe, Noni B, Rockmans, Table 8, W Lane. As of Aug 2018, Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Rivers, Autograph.
Premier investments-Dotti, Jay Jays, Just Jeans, Jacqui E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Smiggle
Speciality Fashion Group-City Chic
Sussan group-Sportsgirl, Sussan, Suzanne Grae
Wesfarmers-Coles, Bi-Lo, Liquorland, K-Mart, Target, Bunnings, Officeworks and more
7-2017: Apparently Myers are not doing well, and everyone is worried about the arrival of Amazon in Australia. That's why we should shop at local stores or,
before long, they will be gone and the only place to buy things will be online. Nothing beats being able to try on, touch and see the things you want to buy.
Retail shops should fight back by making it easy and pleasant for customers rather than a battle -
see my Complaints Dept page for more on department stores!
31-3-17: H and M, the Swedish chain,
opened 11 stores in 2016 in Australia, giving it a total of 20 here, and they are now in Adelaide. Overseas stores Zara, UniQlo, Topshop and Sephora are also in Australia,
according to 'The Australian.
5-10-17 Myers reducing floor space but still struggling, with talk that Solomon Lew may try some sort of a takeover.
14-12-2017 Had a very interesting conversation at Myers when I was trying to buy polo shirts for Xmas. The shop was offering 50% off a second polo. An assistant said that his polos weren't part of the deal
but that his price was better anyway. I commented that he was part of Myers. No, he was separate. I said I hated the idea that businesses are selling things in shops themselves, appearing to be
part of the shop, rather than just supplying their product. No, he said, customers would have to pay a lot more for the product that way and it had been happening since 1956. Darned if I know why it would be more expensive.
16-1-2020: Jeans West, currently owned by the Hong-Kong-based Yeung family has gone into receivership as did department store
Harris Scarfe in Decenber 2019. They are closing the original Harris Scarfe store in Rundle Mall, Adelaide, at the start of February, 2020, together with 26 others of their 66 stores.
Their fatal mistake in Rundle Mall was to sell their original shop for a mall on the same site, locating their own shop right at the back of the mall and up a flight of escalators which frequently didn't work.
They did have a couple of inadequate lifts too-if you could find them. The old shop opened right onto the mall with wonderful crockery
and on the first floor was women's wear and linen-everything I wanted close at hand. It wasn't glamorous but it was convenient. Every time they 'upgrade' these stores, they sacrifice their personality
Currency converter; World Times;
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Airfaresflights; Hotels.com; Trivago compares hotels; Booking.com.
The Earl Grey Song - to let those here and overseas know how irritating it is to have on offer a box of 100 tea bags, none of which are actually tea. They are herbal tea,
infusions, tisanes, but not tea. It is a metaphor for the whole food industry at the moment. God forbid that anything should taste like itself. These 2
Yorkeshire Tea songs respect tea.
GOOD READS-NON CRIME
Catherine Alliott: 'Not That Kind of Girl'- about marriage, fidelity and family.
Kate Atkinson: Wonderful reads.
Louise Bagshawe: chick lit-light but great fun.
M.C. Beaton: author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series and of wonderfully witty Regency romances,
originally under her name of Marion Chesney.
James Bradley: He is an Adelaide author and I am looking out for his novel, 'Clade,' next. Just read 'Ghost Species,' June 2020. Set in the near future,
it was very interesting, but I felt disappointed that the author glossed over many issues. They can create a Neanderthal but still can't treat/cure cancer, for example.
Nothing seemed to have changed except the environment and time was very indefinite throughout the story.
Lily Brett: April, 2017. 'You Gotta Have Balls.' A charming novel set in New York about a Jewish daughter's relationship with her father, and running business.
Honey Brown: Read 'After the Darkness' April 2017.
A fascinating page turner-psychological thriller.
Liz Byrski: family and finding yourself aimed at older women.
Michelle Diener: 'Banquet of Lies' Dec, 2018. Website includes recipes
from the novel. Historical fiction-mystery and a little romance with interesting historical detail. An easy and enjoyable read.
Emma Donoghue:: Nov 2017 'The Wonder,' a fascinating look at a fasting child in Catholic Ireland in the 1800s.
David Ebershoff: Feb 2018 'The 19th Wife' is partly a murder mystery but also a fascinating look at the history of polygamy in the Mormon church. Multiple story tellers but it moves along well.
Ben Elton: author of 'Popcorn, Dead Famous, Past Mortem, Chart Throb, The First Casualty,' all with modern
and relevant plots.
Helen Fitzgerald: Sept 2017. 'Viral' was terrific-modern, relevant. Australian author who lives in Glasgow.
Peter Goldsworthy: impressive Adelaide author. Just read 'Minotaur' Jan 2020. The use of technology was interesting
but I found the novel boring and the swearing reminded me of all those desperate comedians who think they just have to use 4 letter words to be edgy.
John Grisham: almost always exciting law tales but'Gray Mountain' was awful, with an especially unpleasant female lawyer.
Maggie Groff: is the Australian author of 'Good News, Bad News' which I read 1-1-2018. As one review said, it is a mixture of chic lit and crime novel,
set in Byron Bay. It was a good, fast moving story and would make an excellent film with good looking people in the starring roles, hopefully.
Hugh Howey: March, 2019. 'Wool' is the first science fiction novel I've read in years. The concept is similar to the movie, 'Gattaca,' but it is very well done and I couldn't put it down,
though I did scoot through some of it as it was repetitive. I will be searching out other novels by him.
Cathy Kelly: Yet another young, Irish, female author writing an engaging family saga, 'Secrets of a Happy Marriage.'
There are so many of them turning out these books which are very enjoyable if not very deep. I like the observation, language and style.
Marian Keyes: March, 2013 'The Mystery of Mercy Close'- so funny yet real.
Loved it-even liked the way the heroine is hooked on Scandinavian crime TV shows! Chiklit at its best.
David Lodge: engrossing novels set in British universities.
Jane Lythell's: 'Woman of the Hour' was absorbing, Sept 2016.
The main character is the TV producer of a morning show, juggling private and work life.
Monica McInerney: raised in Clare, SA, writes gripping family based sagas with an Irish/ Australian connection.
Liane Moriarty: Aug. 2017 read 'truly, madly, guilty.' Australian author. The story was like 'The Slap' which I didn't read
but saw on TV and hated. The constant referral to what happened at the BBQ and taking several hundred pages to tell us was annoying, but you couldn't help identifying with the characters
and I even found myself quoting events in the book because they were so much like things happening around me in real life. I like that very much in a novel. 14-12-2017 Just finished 'the husband's secret.'
Moved quickly. Described as a social comedy on the back cover. I didn't think it was funny, but very real again.
Elliot Perlman: read "maybe the horse will talk," September 2020, and loved it. He's an Australian author but the location isn't central to the plot.
It's about a big law firm, bullying, sexual harassment cases and family relationships and was unputdownable. I don't know how I've never come across him before, but
he has won so many awards, I probably wouldn't have read him if I'd known, expecting the usual painful self awareness and didactic treatment of issues. I loved the
inclusion of modern but comprehensible technology and business practices like hot desking. The ending was unsatisfactory-so many complex decisions to be sorted out, but left up in the air, though that did fit the story.
Joanna Trollope: British upper class family dramas. Absorbing and realistic.
Jennifer Weiner: Aug. 2017, 'In Her Shoes'- Chick Lit again, but some great observations. I am
concerned that it seems as though the only people in America are Jewish-the Florida retirement home, the men she meets etc. Not very reflective of society, I would think, although some people do live in bubbles.
Australian Book Reviews: New York Times book reviews.
Images: At left: Pumpkins at Sophie's Patch, Mt Barker; Quotation from poem in Edwards Collection, State Library; Yakka from Arid lands Botanic Gardens, Pt Augusta;
fruit and flowers, Adelaide Show; bookweek; produce from Sophie's patch, Mt Barker; some 1924 hairstyles-when there actually were hairstyles; Recycling at its best at Sophie's Garden.
At Right: red sweet peas and white valerian in my front yard; sophisticated international travellers at beautiful Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley;
salt lake at Lochiel, SA, and Mum's favourite, Jonny Jumpups, in my garden.
Email: Louise This new index page created 23-12-2011; Changed title 15-5-2012,
updated 30-12-2014. Changed hosting from Planet Domain to GoDaddy on 12-1-2015. Updated shop content 1-8-2019. Links checked 11-6-2020. Pics updated April 2021.