Story: Department stores and shopping malls

Department store closure

Department store closure

The sign for Palmerston North’s DIC store comes down in July 1989. The Dunedin firm Arthur Barnett continued to run a department store in the building until 1992, when it was bought by the Palmerston North City Council and turned into the public library. The 1928 building was erected for the department store C. M. Ross, which had opened on that site in 1883. A century later, in the 1980s, department stores were in real decline.

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Helen Laurenson, 'Department stores and shopping malls - Decline and survival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Helen Laurenson, published 11 Mar 2010