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Retail

At Hames Sharley we create dynamic retail environments that provide excellent return on investment for our clients. Our success in retail design comes from a blend of understanding customer profiles, client requirements, marketing and coordination of leasing and construction programs.

Hames Sharley’s Retail & Town Centre Portfolio is a team of experts who have the experience, understanding and foresight to unearth new opportunities and discover innovative methods that challenge the conformities and assumptions of the evolving retail industry.

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16 Nov 2020

COVID lessons – an opportunity for retail place strategy

If ever there has been a stand-out in the retail environment due to recent circumstances; by observation it can be viewed two-fold; a greater uptake in online retail, and the resilience of convenience-based bricks and mortar. This is not necessarily a reflection of the entire retail landscape but more an observation of two performers in retail that have the potential to drive innovation within developments moving into the future.

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03 Nov 2020

A turning point for High Street?

The struggle is not yet over but the shifting consumer preference to shop local and support small business is a promising sign for many and certainly warrants a discussion on where our street shopping experience is going.

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02 Sep 2020

The rise and rise of mixed-use developments in the post-COVID economy

The lines between work and play are blurred as newer developments boast a diverse mix of residential, retail, commercial and entertainment spaces all in the one area. This new style of mixed-use design is increasingly being embraced for new developments across Australia, in the city centres and suburbs alike.

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10 Aug 2020

The importance of integrating art with architecture

Q&A with artist, Paula Hart

Art isn’t likely something that comes to mind when you do your weekly food shop. But for shoppers at Mount Pleasant Woolworths in Western Australia, their supermarket looks a little more like an art gallery.

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09 Jun 2020

How the Australian retail landscape has changed for good

As the country ends lockdown and stores begin to re-open, how will retail reshape itself amidst the possibility of ongoing social distancing requirements? What impact will this have on landlords when it comes to planning and managing space? And how will new developments adjust their plans to suit?

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08 Jun 2020

Embracing collaboration in architecture

Amongst project delivery methods that have taken hold in architecture, collaboration is perhaps the most famous and beneficial one.

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16 Apr 2020

Revitalising Perth’s city centre in time for post COVID-19 retail resurgence

After the COVID-19 isolation period passes, a revitalised city heart awaits Perth commuters, shoppers and diners.

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08 Nov 2019

Gender neutrality becoming bog standard

Gender neutrality is becoming a topic that is garnering a great deal of attention lately. And with inclusivity an important consideration in all modes of design, it’s worth celebrating the milestones when we reach them.

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02 Oct 2019

Flying cars and sustainable design…

The shopping centre of 2100

Harold Perks

If we can trace the idea of a shopping centre as far back as the Roman Empire then it’s safe to imagine shopping centres will continue to exist in 2100. But what they might look like, that’s another question entirely.

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22 Jul 2019

Small wonder

With Mason Harrison

When it comes to designing retail and town centre projects, the grander the scheme, the more attention it inevitably gets. But it’s important to acknowledge the contribution of smaller, local developments and the unique challenges and delights they present.

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24 Jun 2019

How Generation Alpha will shape the shopping centre of the future

By Harold Perks, Senior Associate

Those in the industry have heard the same ‘hottest retail trends’ for a few years now; it’s all about experiences, niche offerings, personalisation, omni-channel, social media integration and the introduction of new technologies like virtual and augmented reality. But the truth is, these supposedly hot trends are dangerously close to becoming outdated.

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27 Feb 2019

Rundle Mall Plaza, Adelaide

Project Spotlight Series

A visual essay of Hames Sharley’s designs for the Adelaide’s iconic Rundle Mall Plaza

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20 Jul 2018

Holo… is it you we’re looking for?

Harold Perks

Will touchable holograms signal the next evolution in retail? Virtual reality and augmented reality have limitless applications. They are common knowledge these days and commonly used. But what if you could showcase your product in a manner different from both of these methods – one that has not been seen before?

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01 Jun 2018

The Amazon Tax

News has broken that Amazon will no longer allow Australian shoppers access to its US website.

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23 May 2018

A view from inside Adelaide’s Rundle Mall Plaza

Michael Cooper

Managing Director, Caillin Howard met with BrandSA this month to discuss the latest developments on one of Hames Sharley’s most exciting current projects; Adelaide’s Rundle Mall Plaza.

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16 May 2018

What Australia can learn from Asian retail, and vice versa

David McCarroll

There is obviously a considerable difference in how Asian and Australian retail developments are shaped by the culture within which they sit, along with, at times, some surprising similarities. David McCarroll investigates…

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26 Mar 2018

Fad or future? The worth of Amazon Go

Caillin Howard

In light of the interest around America’s new Amazon Go store since its opening late last year, we consider what this could mean for the future of the retail experience…

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09 Mar 2018

Buying Power

Jacinta Houzer

How department stores played a vital role in the empowerment of women.

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16 Jan 2018

Brick-and-mortar retail isn’t dead

Paul Drechsler

In light of an online retail giant’s decision to open physical stores, Former Managing Director of Hames Sharley, Paul Drechsler looks to the past to discuss the new direction of the retail revolution.

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26 Nov 2017

Disrupting the retail hierarchy – It’s always been about the people…

Rachel Seal

During the mid 20th-century Australian shopping centres were developed within a retail hierarchy that was based on modern suburban family life. Today people live in apartments in the city and inner urban areas and seek their daily needs and convenience goods and services in the city.

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08 Sep 2017

Would you bring your mom here..?

Part 2

David McCarroll

​In the concluding part of his essay, David McCarroll looks at some of the reasons that consumers make their choices and why this will always keep the retail centre relevant.

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13 Aug 2017

Would you bring your mom here…?

Part 1

David McCarroll

Catalogues didn’t kill the shopping centre. The rise of online retail hasn’t seen the end of bricks and mortar. In a two-part observational piece, David McCarroll looks at the real problems facing retailers… complacency, and the struggle to remain relevant.

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20 Mar 2017

From the ‘Food Court’ to the ‘Foodie and Fun’ Café Court

Vanessa McDaid

We are a nation obsessed with food. We’re also getting more particular about it. We talk about whether it’s organic or home-grown, whether it’s slow cooked or triple smoked, whether it was inspired by Jamie or Bill. That’s right, Oliver and Grainger. We’re on a first name basis these days. What does this mean for the food court?

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16 Mar 2017

Feel good shopping: How retail architecture and interior design can improve wellness

Vanessa McDaid with Jane Sorby and Iain Stewart

When was the last time you went to a beautifully designed building and felt drawn to your surroundings in a way that made you feel better? Because the space spoke to you, ushered in relief, engaged your senses, enhanced within you a sense of… wellness? We investigate ‘The Architecture of Happiness’...

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16 Mar 2017

The impact of a driverless society on retail

Harold Perks

It’s coming at us faster than a speeding Bugatti Veyron – the era of the autonomous car - and when this technology finally arrives the impact to retail will be immense…

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16 Mar 2017

Driving sales

Harold Perks

Imagine this: you walk into your local retail centre, aiming to pick-out an evening gown and shoes, grab a quick chef-prepared meal for lunch, and organise your grocery drop-off to your house. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you spot the plush lounge of a major auto brand…

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16 Mar 2017

Attack of the $350 Billion Retailer…

Pete Kempshall with Dean van Niekerk

It’s coming… a giant of the retail industry, dwarfing its competitors as it strides into view, trampling traditional Australian shopping culture into the dust, and smashing any who stand in its way. But how on earth can you compete with a well-drilled organisation that has indomitable global brand recognition, a reliable reputation and, let’s face it, better prices? By changing the rules…