Walkerville is one of Adelaide's most affluent suburbs, but Walkerville terrace has slipped into decline over the years and stagnated. The new $30 million Woolworths complex has breathed new life into what was becoming a deserted shopping strip, particularly on weekends. It provides an exciting addition to the many quaint shops along the street. Shop owners say there has been positive feedback from both locals and visitors.
This small shop is typical of many along the street. Many house businesses such as doctors, dentists or lawyers rooms. Image by writer.
The new Woolworths development has not only brought a major shopping chain to the street, but new shops along Walkerville terrace as well, including a pharmacy, newsagent, liquor store and bistro/coffee bar.
This shopping strip along Walkerville tce is part of the new development. I am not so convinced about the architecture. Image by writer.
Next door, the tired old existing Transport SA office building is being dramatically transformed into a modern apartment complex. 'The Watson' will be part of a vibrant community with around 450 people living or staying in the building at any one time. 95 per cent of its residential apartments have been sold while registrations of interest have opened for its commercial section.
Within a stones throw of the new Woolworths development, the Watson promises to be a landmark residential address. Image by writer.
Traders say both the Woolworths and Watson developments have helped revive the once "dead" strip - with several new businesses setting up in recent months. Personally I think the strip needs more restaurants and clothing shops to attract visitors. Demand for new shops and services should soar with the influx of new people to the area.
Funky, modern architecture is part of the new shopping development. Image by writer.
The new Walkerville Civic and Community Centre by JPE architects is currently under construction by Sarah Constructions at 66 Walkerville tce. The modern, light steel and glass structure will provide a dramatic contrast to the existing Heritage listed hall.
The Walkerville tce Town Hall was built in 1893. The adjacent library was established in 1963 and is making way for a stunning new building. Image by writer.
But some things never change. If you are tired of shopping the art deco inspired Sussex Hotel across the road from the Town Hall serves up $9.90 lunches and has a large undercover beer garden out back. This charming pub also offers fine dining in the terrace restaurant and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The popular Sussex hotel dates back to 1889. It's original appearance was dramatically changed in the 1930's by removing earlier detailing and replacing the fašade with art deco elements. Image by writer.
There certainly appears to be more life on Walkerville Tce on the weekend but I agree that the shopping strip lacks quality restaurants, clothing shops, homeware shops, antique wares etc. The few shops outside of the Woolworths complex are mostly not open on the weekend. That being said The Peggi Williams bookshop is fabulous as is the new coffee shop opposite The Sussex where they sell the most delicious cherry tart in Adelaide!
Walkerville Terrace is now much more alive and vibrant with the new Woolworths shopping complex. I feel that more restaurants, clothing shops, and garden-type areas where people can sit, relax, maybe listen to live music, without having to buy a coffee would help it along even more. I'm certainly enjoying my coffees at the new coffee shop as well as at the Bakery across the road.
Walkerville Tce needs a wine bar. Apparently someone applied to have one in the old Pegi Williams premises but nearby residents blocked it. I'm very disappointed, it would have been fabulous and great for the hotel guests to wander over to as well. If it was done well, people would come from other areas.