Luxury furniture retailer James Said leases Melbourne’s former Mossgreen auction house

Some of the furniture James Said sells.

East Perth-based luxury furniture retailer James Said has leased a high-profile former cinema, in Armadale, as its first Melbourne store.

James Said has committed to 1400 square metres, being all of the former Armadale Picture Theatre at 926-930 High Street, at the western edge of a popular retail strip.

With ground floor retail and upstairs office area, the building was offered as a whole or in part.

It was last occupied by auction house Mossgreen which entered voluntary administration late last year.

Until then, a tea-room associated with the Mossgreen business, and operated by renowned caterer Peter Rowland, also traded from within the double-storey premises.

Prior to Mossgreen, another auction house, Sotheby’s, rented the building, which was completed in 1912.

In August, 2017, months before Mossgreen collapsed, the Art Nouveau building, which sits on a 1221 square metre block, sold as an investment to Melbourne QC John Karkar for $10 million.

Colliers International’s associate director of leasing, Kevin Tutty and Damian Adkins negotiated the James Said lease.

With outlets in Perth and Sydney, the furniture business is expected to open its doors in Melbourne early next year.

Marc Pallisco

A freelance property writer and analyst, Marc is a co-founder of realestatesource.com.au.

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