The ‘Woolstores’ Go, Long Live The Woolstores!

Once upon a time there were real Woolstores on the site bounded by Elder Place and Queen, Cantonment and Goldsborough Streets, central Fremantle.

Then they were demolished and replaced by a red brick shopping centre anchored by Coles and named the ‘Woolstores’ in memory of what used to be there.

And then, after a saga taking some time, Freo based developer Silverleaf obtained planning approval for the redevelopment of the site.

The new Woolstores is being spruiked as a ‘NEW RETAIL CENTRE AND PROFESSIONAL OFFICES WITH HARBOUR VIEWS COMPLETION EARLY 2023’.

It will include –
* Basement car park accessed from Elder Place to accommodate parking for hotel, retail, childcare, end of trip facilities and loading and services;
* Ground level retail tenancies (supermarket and specialty stores), office lobby and hotel lobby;
* First Level office and hotel amenities, child care centre, parking;
* 141 hotel rooms over levels 2- 5. (Add in the basement and you have 6 levels.)

In the process, the ‘old’ Woolstores shopping centre gets to be demolished.

Well, the demolition is now underway.

Here’s what was happening as of yesterday, 24 January 2022.

Soon there’ll be a hole in the ground.

And then, from the ashes, so to speak, a new Woolstores will arise!

The ‘Woolstores’ have (nearly) gone; long live the ‘Woolstores’!

* Words by Michael Barker, pictures by Jean Hudson

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