A Melboune-based institution dating back to 1900, MYER / MYER EMPORIUM / MYER'S expanded exponentially between 1961 and 1984. Chains such as Sydney's Farmer's,  Adelaide's MARSHALL'S, Western Australia's BOANS and Queensland's BARRY & ROBERTS were acquired. A merger, with Melbourne-based COLES NEW WORLD SUPERMARKETS, was completed in 1985. The MYER end of the conglomerate was sold to a consortium of US investors in March 2006.