What you need to know about bobbies department store
Bobbys is set to open its first store in Australia’s Northern Territory, after a five-year battle with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The company’s new flagship store in the town of Ararat, just south of Darwin, is set for opening in the middle of this year.
The store will be the first in Australia to serve as the official retail hub of the Northern Territory Government, with the Government promising a more efficient way of doing business.
Bobbies’ department store is set on a 30-acre site and will be open to the public on the first Saturday of each month from March to October.
The brand’s headquarters are in Melbourne and the company’s CEO, John O’Donoghue, said the new location would be a “significant leap forward” for the brand.
“Our new store will offer customers the most efficient and effective shopping experience, as well as provide a platform for local communities to gain a strong foothold in Australia,” he said.
“Bobbys will be a catalyst for local community and regional economic growth in our region, and we are confident that the region’s existing brands will thrive on this opportunity.”
Bobbons will also open a new store in Canberra, with more stores planned for regional areas, including Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane.
The new Bobbots store will open in September and will feature an impressive display of classic and contemporary fashion, including a full-size women’s dress and an evening dress.
Mr O’Doghue said the decision to open the new store at Ararat was a great step for the company, and for the Northern Territorians.
“It’s a very proud moment for us, and a very positive sign that we’re heading in the right direction,” he told ABC Radio Darwin.
“There’s no doubt that we’ve been working hard and working really hard to get this far, and now that we are finally going to have our own retail store, it’s great to see that people are enjoying the experience.”
He said the store would offer a “great value” to its customers, adding that it would be “a really positive place to shop”.
“We’re really excited about it and we think that it’s going to be a fantastic place for customers to come and shop, and that’s the kind of environment we’re all going to need for the future,” he added.
“People are going to get a great experience at this store.”
Babbys department stores in Sydney and Melbourne The first Babbies store opened in Sydney in 2010 and has since grown to have more than 600 stores across Australia, with another 150 in the pipeline.
The business model of the store is the same as that of its predecessor, but with the added advantage of being located in a major city.
Babbows current store in Sydney is a “big step forward” to a Babbers store, Mr O ‘Donoghues told ABC radio.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission said the Babbos store in Ararat is a major step forward for the local community.
“This is a big step forward and we look forward to seeing the community’s support in the building of this store,” the ACCC’s Director of Community Services, Mary Ann Macquarie, said.
The retail outlet will be opened by the Northern Regional Development Agency in 2019.
Babys is also the official retailer of the Government of the Territory, and will work closely with the Territory Government to provide better services for the community.
The ABC’s Anna Davenport visited the Bunnies store in Darwin and got a glimpse of the new Babbits department store.
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