A while ago I read somewhere that there was a Big W in South Yarra. News to me. I meant to check where and I forgot. Then I heard mention of it again, and I thought, must be in the Jam Factory, but never bothered to check.
The third time I heard about it, right enough is enough. Must have taken over the closed Borders book shop part of the Jam Factory. No hang on, Topshop opened there. I checked where it was and a visit fitted into my plans for the day. It is in Chapel Street between Toorak Road and the river.
I left the tram and to my surprise, there was not only Big W, but a supermarket along with cafes of course, and speciality shops. How did this happen before my eyes and me not knowing about it?
Our view of the Como building is disappearing behind a Toorak Road highrise development. I once posted a photo of the evening sun glinting off the Como building, but that won't happen again once Como disappears.
But we did get a serious reflection from this new recently built building. It is rather tall and not at all in proportion with its surrounds. Having said that, I don't mind the design, and guess what? At the base of the building is where Big W and Woolworths have opened. As Dorrie would have said, why wasn't I told?
I checked out the car parking cost, should we want to get our large and heavy box of washing powder from there and it is complicated. It is $2 for the first hour, but if you spend money in a shop, you get the first hour free, after going through a complicated process of taking your receipt to an office and claiming a refund. $30 or more spent, and you get longer parking, following the same process. I think I would rather pay $2, which is probably what they are banking on to pay the wages of the attendant who does the free parking refund. What?
The area bounded by Toorak Road, South Yarra Station, the river and a bit east of Chapel Street has been transformed from a light industrial area to a modern and quite thriving area. I don't really have an opinion yet as to whether it all works, but it is better than Docklands.