No return to Eden for ‘booming’ centre

SMALL shopping centres are leading to their own downfall in some cases by cannibalising their own market.

The Eden Hill Village shopping centre, near the corner of Morley Drive and Ivanhoe Street in Eden Hill is a case in point.

About 30 years ago it was a booming shopping centre. People who remember the area say its two-level car park used to be regularly packed and in those days Morley Drive didn’t even extend that far.

Just before its demise the Birmingham Properties-owned centre housed a supermarket, chemist, doctor’s surgery, hairdresser, newsagent and deli.

Now only the hairdresser and deli remain and a church has occupied the supermarket space.

There are about five shopping centres within a five kilometre radius of the Eden Hill site. That’s not counting the numerous supermarket-like delicatessens in the area.

Deli owner Brett Sells said too many shopping centres were the cause for this centre’s death.

He said the competition had forced the supermarket owner to go broke.

The chemist and doctor left for nearby Kiara without waiting to see if another supermarket operator would take over.

Mr Sells said the only reason he was fighting to keep the centre going was his memories of how successful it had once been.

The Bassendean Town Council proposes redeveloping the site to create the Mary Crescent Reserve redevelopment.

The redevelopment involves residential subdivision with about 1,000 square metres of retail space.

Council is still in the process of negotiating with the local Aboriginal community because some of the land involved in the redevelopment holds cultural significance to them.

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