New retail home in Melbourne secures 1,500 jobs

Published: 17 October 2018

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Melbourne’s position as the fashion and retail capital of Australia was reinforced today as Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) officially opened its new Australasian head office in Burnley, securing 1,500 jobs for Victoria.

The purpose-built corporate campus houses the headquarters of iconic retailers David Jones and Country Road Group – including Country Road, Mimco, Trenery, Witchery and Politix – in a new world-class retail centre.

The Victorian Government worked closely with WHL to secure the investment, which has brought 820 jobs to Melbourne and ensured a further 680 jobs remain here.

The site consists of two connected buildings with a combined floor space of 16,000 square metres and showcases the best of Australian design, with locally designed and manufactured fittings and furniture.

Victoria’s retail sector plays a crucial role in the economy, employing around 340,000 people. Victorian retail trade grew by 4.5 per cent in 2017, faster than any other state, with turnover reaching $81.88 billion and accounting for a quarter of national retail turnover.