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Melbourne by a numbers: The changing face of the CBD

Melbourne CBD streetscape is constantly changing and as one emporium shuts and another opens, a story of the city’s past and destiny unfolds. 

Think of the video let opening replaced by a supermarket as more people select to live in the CBD than ever before.

During the past 10 years, the City of Melbourne has tracked what has been built on every block metre of land in the city, and once you look at this information over the space of a decade, you can see just what has changed.

The sorts of businesses that are sepulchral simulate Melbourne’s ever-growing ardour for new food and a good crater of coffee, as well as the multiplying residential population.

But it is not all rosy. Some form of businesses are shutting up shop, assailed by changing consumer habits and the disruptive energy of the internet.

We’ve analysed the figures, and here is what we have beheld about what is changing in the City of Melbourne.

Video let stores 

2006: 11 stores. 2016: One store (now there are none).

The last video let store in the City of Melbourne sealed last year. This Queensberry Road opening in North Melbourne has been transposed by a bicycle correct store.

The arise of streaming services such as Stan and Netflix, and the recognition of digital downloads, has decimated video let bondage such as Blockbuster, Network Video and Video Ezy. Much-loved eccentric stores in Northcote and Balaclava have also close their doors in new years.

Newspaper and book retailers

2006: 170. 2016: 100.

The Internet has badly impacted newsagents and bookstores. Online retailers such as Amazon can deliver books direct to your door, or you can just download whole libraries of reading element directly to your intelligent device.

There is no snippet of Borders or Angus and Robertson bookstores in the city anymore, and the Angus and Robertson at the dilemma of Collins Street and Queen Street is now a Bank of China branch.

Bank branches

2006: 102. 2016: 92.

If you’re with the Commonwealth Bank, NAB or ANZ, it’s harder to find a bank bend in the city than it was 10 years ago. Only Westpac can be found at more city locations these days.

In 2006, there were 20 National Australia Bank branches in the city; now there are 14. The one that used to be at the dilemma of Bourke and Russell Streets has been converted into a Nando’s.

With 20 locations in the City of Melbourne, the Commonwealth Bank wins out of the big 4 when it comes to carrying the most branches (unfortunately we do not have information on their particular ATM numbers)

Travel agencies

2006: 216 outlets. 2016: 159.

In 2006, you could book a holiday at one of the 3 Harvey World Travel outlets in the City of Melbourne. All 3 have since closed.

Many Harvey World Travel outlets were rebranded in 2013.

Many Harvey World Travel outlets were rebranded in 2013. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Online transport engagement outlets meant holidaymakers can bypass transport agents altogether, while businesses are anticipating that teleconferencing removes the need for some cranky nation flights.

Pie Faces

2006: 0. 2016: Seven.

Pie Face was unheard of in Melbourne in 2006 and had 7 outlets in 2016. That’s pretty good growth, and puts it on standard with the popular Grill’d burger chain.

But the days when there seemed to be a Pie Face popping up on every city dilemma are long gone.

This bonus camera emporium became a Pie Face but is now an EzyMart preference store. 


When the association went into intentional administration in 2014 there were 14 Pie Face locations in Melbourne, and since then their numbers have halved.

Women’s wardrobe stores 

2006: 271. 2016: 243.

When you review 2006 to 2016 there doesn’t seem to have been much change, but look what happens when you uncover the total for every year in between.

The number of women’s wardrobe outlets appearance at 362 in 2011, but the numbers have been disappearing ever since. IBISWorld sell researcher Lauren Magner pronounced bricks-and-mortar retailers were struggling because of online stores, increasing foe and an liquid of big general retailers such as Zara, HM and Uniqlo. 

A Bettina Liano store, which sealed down in Little Collin's travel in 2013.

A Bettina Liano store, which sealed down in Little Collin’s travel in 2013. Photo: Jason South

But it is not all doom and dejection for Melbourne businesses. Some forms of retailers are thriving, while it’s never been a better time to be a coffee connoisseur. 

Cafe, restaurants and takeaway food outlets

2006: 1551. 2016: 2385

About one in 8 businesses in the City of Melbourne is some kind of food or splash outlet. Food venues now outnumber shops, and one new cafeteria or grill opens up every week on average.

The foodie bang has been a bonus to some coffee chains. The information shows there was one Degani Bakery Cafe in the city in 2006, but now there are 14. Over the same period, ‘In A Rush’ grew from carrying two outlets to 17. 

But not every coffee sequence is flourishing. American import Starbucks has all but pulled out of Australia, and now has half as many outlets in the city than it did 10 years ago.  

There are 5 Starbucks in the city.

There are now 5 Starbucks in the city. Photo: Frinkiac

Melbourne’s ardour for restaurants and takeaway food has also grown. Grill’d and Mad Mex were unheard of 10 years ago, but now there are 7 Grill’ds and 6 Mad Mexs in the city. 

This Curry Bar on Flinders Lane is now a Mad Mex. 

And if you have a longing for a Boost Juice, some Gong Cha tea, a Subway underling or a Domino’s pizza, there are more places to get your repair nowadays.

Pretty much the only quick food sequence to have mislaid traction is McDonald’s, which has one fewer opening in the city than it did 10 years ago.

Hairdressing and beauty services

2006: 221. 2016: 359.

The number of hairdressers, day spas and spike salons in the city has only really surged in the city in the past few years.

In 2013, this A’Beckett shopfront was home to a video acclimatisation business, but now it is a beauty salon that specialises in Korean eyelash extensions. 

Ms Magner pronounced the rising direct for beauty treatments came from from new pampering techniques, aloft discretionary income and a multiplying population. But she pronounced a marketplace had non-stop up as well – men. “The attention has benefited from more males streamer to stylists, salons or high-end barbers, with a spike in the number of male-only establishments,” she said. 

Real estate services

2006: 176. 2016: 284.

Almost 14,000 new apartments have been built in the CBD in scarcely 15 years and there are now about 70,000 homes in the City of Melbourne. And there are more on the way – the council’s possess projections advise another 70,000 dwellings could be built in the entrance years (provided all gets authorized and developers follow through on their plans)

Against this backdrop, it’s little consternation that more genuine estate agents and skill government firms are environment up emporium in the city.

Supermarkets and grocery stores

2006: 53. 2016: 100.

As more people have changed into the city, more supermarkets and grocery stores have popped up to keep all these residents fed. For example, There were two Safeways in the city in 2006, but now there are 7 Woolworths.

Asian supermarkets are also popping up to feed inspired expats and general students. There are now 18 in the City of Melbourne, more than double the number in 2006.

Footwear retailing

45 in 2006, 112 in 2016.

The number of shoe stores in the city has more than doubled in the past decade. As of 2016 there were 5 Hype DC sports shoe stores, 5 Platypus Shoes streetwear outlets (including one pop-up store) and 12 shops that specialise in ugg boots.

Ms Magner pronounced shoe stores had benefited from new hybrid income models, where people come to a store to try on the boots and then sequence their span online. This cuts down on the space retailers need for storing inventory, which has made it cheaper to run a shoe store. 

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