A Living History

The landmark Grace Bros department store building on Broadway, with the distinctive and iconic clock towers and globes, is now the home of one of Sydney's unique shopping venues - The Broadway Shopping Centre.

Grace Bros had a long and rich history of retailing in Sydney since 1886. Through several different stores at varied locations in the city, the store first came to Bay St in 1904. Subsequent additions and property purchases over the years culminated in the existing buildings being completed in 1923. Grace Bros boasted a store with, among many features, "three and a half acres of furniture"! The Grace auditorium dominated the social life of Sydney with dances, fashion parades, children's events displays and pantomimes held within it. 1954 saw the Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II with the Broadway stores extensively decorated.

Due to changing retail patterns in the city, Grace Bros vacated the Broadway store in 1992. The building was resurrected as a multi-million dollar retail and cinema complex in 1998. The new state of the art complex, sensitively restored in compliance within the Heritage Commission guidelines, sees the grand old Grace Bros building now serving 21st century shoppers. One of the known, and loved, focal points of Sydney retailing has once again taken its place in Sydney's retailing story.

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