Rundle Mall is home to three national department stores:
David Jones is not only Australia's oldest department store, but the oldest department store in the world still trading under its original name. Mr David Jones, a Welsh-born immigrant, opened "large and commodious premises" - the first 'David Jones' - on the corner of George and Barrack Streets in Sydney on 24 May 1838. Today, David Jones operates a national chain of stores in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
Source: David Jones website
The history of Harris Scarfe began in South Australia in 1849 where Mr George Peter Harris & Mr John C Lanyon formed a partnership and laid the foundations for their business Lanyon & Harris.
Lanyon & Harris opened their first premises in Hindley Street in 1850 in a large brick warehouse that operated as an ironmongery wholesaler. After 5 years of trading Lanyon returned home to England leaving Harris as the sole owner of the business and the opportunity to change the name to Geo. P. Harris.
1857 saw George Harris welcome George Scarfe and Richard Smith as major partners and so began Geo. P. Harris Scarfe & Co. In 1877, the company purchased the Grenfell Street address that it still occupies today in South Australia.
The business continued to grow and in 1920 the company was rebranded to Harris Scarfe the name we all know it as today. 2002 saw Harris Scarfe receive a new lease of life with a new logo, new signage and major upgrades to all stores.
Today Harris Scarfe occupies over 40 stores across South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, ACT & Queensland and employs over 2000 staff.
Source: Harris Scarfe website
Kmart opened Australia’s first discount department store in Burwood, Victoria in 1969. It was the beginning of an Australian icon that has become one of Australia’s favourite and most recognisable retailers.
Today, Kmart delivers irresistibly low prices through more than 180 stores across Australia and New Zealand. We work hard to ensure you get the lowest prices possible on the items you and your family need every day. So, if you haven’t been in to a Kmart store for a while, come in and experience the new Kmart for yourself. We’re sure you’ll like it.
Kmart in Rundle Mall is not only Australia's first multi-level Kmart store, it is the first ever Kmart store in the CBD! With a fantastic range of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, homewares and kid's toys, Kmart is the new one-stop shop on Rundle Mall!
Source: Kmart website
Myer is Australia's largest department store group, and a market leader in Australian retailing. We offer an unrivalled choice in the latest national, international and 'exclusive to Myer' brands across women's, men's, and children's fashion, as well as accessories, cosmetics, homeware, furniture, electrical goods and much more.
Myer is at the forefront in the development of new retail concepts and experiences. Our stores pride themselves on exciting visual merchandising displays, and a distinctive range of ‘store within store’ concepts including Nespresso coffee and Apple in-store shops. We also have a tradition of providing customer entertainment through vibrant in-store theatre – from glamorous fashion parades, to appearances by much-loved children’s characters, celebrities and sporting personalities. These elements, coupled with a strong focus on customer service, provide an inspirational shopping destination for all ages.
Source: Myer website