Story: Department stores and shopping malls

Fabric department

Fabric department

The fabric department was a colourful section of the Smith & Caughey store in Auckland. Department stores were divided into sections (departments) selling different types of goods, with the most popular and enticing departments on the ground floor.

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Helen Laurenson, 'Department stores and shopping malls - The heyday of department stores', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Helen Laurenson, published 11 Mar 2010