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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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