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Published June 26th 2015
A triumph for market forces?
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Brickworks Marketplace is a shiny new shopping mall on South Road at Torrensville. Centred around the usual Woolworths and Big W stores, Brickworks Marketplace will not shock first time visitors with too many unexpected revelations.

If you're already familiar with shopping malls such as Castle Plaza then you will quickly grasp the concept of Brickworks Marketplace. However there are still some pleasant surprises.

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The Entrance to Brickworks Marketplace


This huge new redevelopment of the former Brickworks Markets had a turbulent and tumultuous conception. The mum and dad traders who had occupied the Brickworks Markets for decades were unsurprisingly unhappy when the West Torrens Council gave them the boot. As they were all small traders, most had pinned their hopes for a sound financial future on their shops.

Sadly the former traders at the Brickworks were misguided in their hopes, and they are probably all collecting our tax dollars for their troubles. Woolworths wanted their land. The West Torrens Council wanted more money. And even many customers of the old Brickworks Markets thought that it was time-worn and lacking in interesting product, so the quirky markets were despatched to the dustbin of history.

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The Original Brickworks Markets before Demolition


The new Brickworks Marketplace opened on June 25 2015, to some fanfare. All the usual politicans were there including Treasurer "Turbo" Tom Koutsantonis who suddenly developed a startled rabbit-in-the-headlight look when asked about the future of the former traders. He was happier to spruik the 600 new jobs, 45 new shops, and 700 car parks.

If figures are your forte you might want to know that this new shopping mall has a catchment area with an average age of 38 years, average household size 2.2 people, around $35k pa income, and 37% are couples with no kids. (Source: Brickworks Marketplace advertisement).

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Pedestrian Walkways Through the Car park


So what can you expect at the Brickworks Marketplace?

If the first couple of days are any guide then be prepared to wait for a park. Of course it's probably opening fever, and the locals will no doubt be happy when that's subsided. A pleasant surprise were the dedicated walkways and pedestrian crossings in the car park, making it easier to push your trolley of takings back home.

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Brick Lane Playground for Kids


Work was still in progress at Brick Lane, the northern end of Brickworks Marketplace adjacent to the heritage listed brickworks when I visited. It seems that there will be something to connect the two, but it wasn't clear what. At the western end of Brick Lane a soft floored playground was popular with a tribe of toddlers while their parents played with mobile phones.

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Zambrero Mexican Food on Brick Lane


Nearby the latest addition to Zambrero's Mexican franchise (with a humanitarian face) was doing a roaring trade with plenty of punters enjoying the opportunity for alfresco dining. Zambrero offers tacos, burritos and nachos, but I haven't tried their food yet.

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Food Choices at the North End of the Shopping Mall


Heading south into the Brickworks Marketplace shopping mall uncovered a few surprises - if you come hungry you will have plenty of food choices. ReadeBook is a combination bookstore and cafe that was already busy. The Cicheti Italian food bar was not yet open, but Joy of India, Dumpling Dumpling were already open and Iiced had gelati with all the colours of the rainbow.

There were plenty of the usual suspects you'll find in most modern shopping malls. A Smokemart, the ubiquitous Specsavers, engravers and keycutters, Flight Centre, Zamels and EB Games jostled for your attention with Vodafone and Optus. Rockmans Clothing and Moda Alterations were new to me though.

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Take Away Food Choices Include Tokyo Sushi and Yiros Central


At the north end of Brickworks Marketplace is where the crowds were at lunchtime. More food choices abounded and most tables were taken with what looked like locals in work clothes. If you couldn't find something to your taste here, then you are fussy. Tokyo Sushi, Yiros Central, and Zeea's Eatery for Italian food were all doing a roaring trade. Another shop, probably Three Little Cafe was still being fitted out

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Yiros Central in the Shopping Mall


The new Brickworks Marketplace at Torrensville will fill the bill for an area lacking in shopping facilities close by. I thought the food choices were somewhat more inspired than average, but others may disagree. At the end of a day it will be successful, and doesn't the end justifies the means?

See the Brickworks Marketplace website for a complete list of shops, although descriptions are sparse as yet. Of course there's a Facebook page too. If you feel a bit parched after traversing the Brickworks Marketplace car park you will be pleased to know that a Dan Murphy's liquor store awaits you in Torrensville too.
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Where: Corner of South Road and Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031
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Love your work & your links Dave - you ethically addressed the sensitive issues of the Brickworks
by Jenny (score: 3|1672) 1425 days ago
I must say I liked to go to the "old " brickworks , but didn't get there often , and probably won't get to this one either . Unless I am down that way with nothing else to do .
by sylvi (score: 2|295) 1427 days ago
Looks really nice. Fresh and modern as well as an old feel from the brickworks.
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1426 days ago
Sorry but the Woolworth complex at the old Brickworks Market has killed the old worldly charm of a Market Place, BUT all could not be lost as visiting the Brickworks the other day I see that the kiln could be reopened for market stalls as well as the old market behind it would be a perfect blend of the NEW and the OLD.
by kling (score: 1|10) 1421 days ago
My son and his family went on the opening day and loved it - they did all their Christmas shopping with the specials. The Brickworks were dying a very slow death. I had been going regularly for 30 odd years and in the past 10 years it was just a sad empty place, full of rubbishy stock and nothing worth looking at. I miss the Brickworks of old, but from your photos, it looks as though there are memories of it still there. I can't wait to visit (will wait till 'opening days fever' has gone though). They have a Big W which is just excellent!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3243) 1424 days ago
Looks very interesting Dave. I never visited the "old" Brickworks - I'll definitely pencil it in for one of the next few weekends. Thanks for sharing!
by Reductio ad absurdum (score: 2|207) 1420 days ago
We don't have much history here as we are still a very young country compared to Europe but what heritage and old style beauty we DO have we have to demolish and rebuild with a modern look. I find it shameful. We already have enough modern influence now
by jstep (score: 0|9) 1425 days ago
When I went there I could have been in any shopping centre around Adelaide. Yawn. Same old, same old. No more character, no more individual, interesting features. I thought it just as featurless as the rest.
Why the 'One size fits All' approach? It takes any community evolved shopping area & destroys all character. Shame.
by helya (score: 1|64) 1424 days ago
Although you wrote a positive article, I found that the pictures painted a 1000 words. The complex looks "Woolworths" inspired and well .....pretty boring, much like the other uninspiring "woolworths" and "westfields" type of complexes unfortunately. I will not be visiting. Sorry
by helsr (score: 1|12) 1422 days ago
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