Pine bunks and student desks would spill onto the Chapel Street footpath, giving pedestrians very little room to read the “butchers style” window signage, promoting that week’s special.
Many migrants and baby boomers furnished their first homes with budget furniture sold from the emporium.
But with the new century, comes change.
Now, the upstairs internal areas of the former showroom will be reconfigured as high-end New York Style loft apartments. A vacant tract of land fronting High Street will also be developed into flats.
In all, the H on Chapel project will include 12 units, starting in price at $340,000 for a one-bedroom flat, of which there are 11.
Look Property Group director Bryce Patterson is marketing the development.