THE INSIDE STORY

With the open-air shopping centre now firmly established in Australia, the next logical step was to the fully-enclosed "pedestrian precinct".

Canberra, Australia's capital, beat Sydney and Melbourne to the punch with the completion of its MONARO ["muh-NAIR-oh"] MALL, which began trading to the public on March 6, 1963. 



MONARO MALL originally encompassed approximately 270,000 lettable square feet and housed 61 tenants. Billed as "A whole city block under one roof", the complex was also the nation's first 3-level shopping centre. It has been known as CANBERRA CENTRE since October 1989.
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