The purpose-fitted Australasian head office will also accommodate the Country Road Group.
Both businesses are owned by South Africa’s Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL).
Within the Botanicca business park, near the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond, the campus style headquarters known as Building 2, 582 Swan Street, spreads 16,000 square metres.
Coincidentally, the office is owned by another South African group, Growthpoint Properties. Colliers International’s Rob Joyes, who brokered the WHL lease, said the deal gave the landlord the confidence to build a neighbouring property (to be known as Building 3), with 20,000 sqm of area on a speculative basis (Mr Joyes is also marketing this office, pictured top and left, for lease).
WHL CEO Ian Noir (pictured, right), with Philip Dalidakis, Victoria’s Minister for Trade and Investment, will cut the ribbon to officially open the David Jones HQ, tomorrow.
WHL, a top 40 company listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange, has operations all over the southern hemisphere. It is set up with three operating divisions: Woolworths South Africa, David Jones and Country Road Group.
David Jones, which was established in 1838 with a mission to sell high-end products, is the oldest continuously operating department store in the world still trading under its original name.
Country Road Group, which controls five brands: Mimco, Trenery, Witchery and Politix, as well as Country Road, has been headquartered in an office park in Church Street, Richmond, a little closer to the Melbourne CBD than its new base.
WHL wholly acquired both the Australian businesses in 2014.