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Deep End Services is closed for Christmas from 1pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until 8.30am on Wednesday 3 January 2018

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"Unavoidable costs to rise, shoppers' spare cash to drop", Inside Retail, 17 August 2017

Dimitri Sotiropoulos writes:  Australian consumers' discretionary income is expected to decline two years in a row for the first time since 1992, according to the latest research from IbisWorld. … Read more

Deep End Services is closed for Christmas from 1pm on Friday 23 December 2016 until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 January 2017

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"Performance anxiety in Melbourne's retail hubs", Inside Retail, 19 October 2016

Heather Mcilvaine writes: The last two years have seen a spate of shopping centre investment in metropolitan Melbourne, not least of which is Chadstone Shopping Centre's $660 million expansion, which … Read more

"A brave new world for large format retail" and "Large format retail grows up", Inside Retail, 5 October 2016

Dimitri Sotiropoulos & Justin Grey write: Home Consortium, a newly formed group comprising aged care start-up Aurrum Group and the families behind Spotlight Group and Chemist Warehouse, will repur… Read more

"Bakers Delight founder taps mall giant on planning laws", The Australian Financial Review, 29 September 2016

James Thomson and Simon Evans write:  The founder of the Bakers Delight chain, Roger Gillespie, has questioned whether shopping centre owners' calls for certainty in planning laws are really an a… Read more

"Large-format retail sector hails Home Consortium nous", The Australian Financial Review, 26 August 2016

Larry Schlesinger writes: In a single transaction - the $725 million acquisition of the Masters property portfolio - Home Consortium has become the leading landlord in the growing large-format retail … Read more

"Space now big issue", Inside Retail, 28 July 2016

Inside Retail writes:  Low vacancies may mean higher rents for large format retail, but they are spurring innovation and diversification where the law allows Read more

"Bulking up: NSW plays catch-up on retail planning reforms", The Australian Financial Review, 13 June 2016

Larry Schlesinger writes:  The booming $60 billion large format retail sector is hoping a NSW government inquiry will help reform the state's antiquated, parochial and inflexible retail planning … Read more

"Big retailers seek standard rules", The West Australian, 9 March 2016

Marissa Lague writes: Trading regulations that have long disrupted WA's large format retailers are closer to being resolved, according to the Large Format Retail Association. Read more

"Big-store retailers poised for recovery", The West Australian, 1 July 2015

Marissa Lague writes: WA's large-format retailers have missed out on strong growth in the national sector but the lean times may soon be over, with sales increases set to bottom at 1.4 per cent this y… Read more

Deep End Services contributes to the NSW retail planning debate

The NSW government is restricting the growth of the large format stores - such as Masters, Harvey Norman or Pet Barn - with outdated planning policies that restrict competition, consumer choice and jo… Read more

"Walker, Cbus alert to Asian capital surge", The Australian Financial Review, 30 September 2014

Matthew Cranston, Nick Lenaghan and Robert Harley writes:  One of Australia's most successful property developers, billionaire Lang Walker, has questioned the prices being paid by Asian groups fo… Read more

Justin Ganly presented "The Evolution of Retail in Australia and South Australia" at the Property Council of Australia September Luncheon in Adelaide on 12 September 2014

The Evolution of Retail in Australia and South Australia.  Why are we so attractive to the overseas retailers?  Read more

"Big box booming in the suburbs", The West Australian, 2 July 2014

Marissa Lague writes: Perth is gearing up for an expansion in large format retailing, with new developments taking place across the city. Read more

"Prices rise as foreign developers beat out Aussie buyers", The Australian Financial Review, 1 July 2014

Nick Lenaghan writes: The price of urban development land in Sydney and Melbourne is surging as off-shore developers outbid local buyers for tightly held inner-city properties. Read more

Justin Ganly presented "Australia versus the Rest of the World" at the LFRA Forum in Perth on 5 June 2014

The presentation considers the current retail and large format landscape in Australia and why we are so attractive to the rest of the world.  Read more

"Job limits removed at suburban centres", Office of Planning Minister Matthew Guy, 29 May 2014

From the Minister of Planning: Limits placed on job creation at suburban shopping centres have been removed by Planning Minister Matthew Guy. Read more

"Spotlight confirms Malaysia", Inside Retail, 26 May 2014

Inside Retail writes:  Haberdashery chain, Spotlight, will open the doors to its first store in Malaysia at the Ampang Point Shopping Centre in July 2014.  Read More Read more

"South the new focus for Sydney apartments", The Australian Financial Review, 10 April 2014

Rebecca Thistleton writes: Sydney's inner south is cementing its position as a major residential hub, as more than 40 per cent of proposed inner-city apartments are concentrated along the CBD-airport … Read more

"Experts warn of ticking time bomb in Sydney's office market", The Australian Financial Review, 13 March 2014

Mercedes Ruehl writes:  Sydney's landlords are kidding themselves.  So says Geoffrey Learmonth, a director for national tenancy advisory firm LPC Australia.  Read more

"Beacon Lighting has three-pronged growth strategy post IPO", The Australian Financial Review, 14 March 2014

Sally Rose writes:  Forty five years after buying his first lighting shop on Melbourne's Chapel Street, Ian Robinson is about to watch the business he founded float as a public company in a deal … Read more

"Malaysian take two in Vic", The Australian Financial Review, 12 March 2014

Nick Lenaghan writes:  Malaysian property giant UEM Sunrise has lodged plans for a $200 million residential tower in the Melbourne CBD just days after flagging its ambition for another mega-tower… Read more

"2014: The year of the Chinese developer", The Australian Financial Review, 6 March 2014

Robert Harley writes:  Kim Hawtrey, associate director at analysts BIS Shrapnel, has christened 2014 the Year of the Chinese Developer.  Read more

"Offshore investors move on residential development", The Australian Financial Review, 4 March 2014

Larry Schlesinger writes:  Offshore investors significally ramped up their spending on existing residential property in 2012-13, the latest Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) report shows.&nb… Read more

"Sydneysiders at home in CBD offices", The Australian Financial Review, 25 February 2014

Mercedes Ruehl and Rebecca Thistleton writes:  Office blocks in Sydney's CBD are selling for up to 20 per cent premiums to developers competing for space in the buoyant property market.  Read more

"Bulky goods the biggest mover", The Australian Financial Review, 4 February 2014

Nick Lenaghan and Robert Harley writes:  A select group of private investors and syndicators bought up big last year in Australia's homemaker or bulky goods sector.  Read more

"The great Chinese property take away", The Australian Financial Review, 20 Dec 2013

Matthew Cranston and Rebecca Thisleton writes:  Chinese business Qiu Yafu and his friends were about to set on a motor-yacht cruise around Sydney Harbour one fine long weekend in early 2013. … Read more

Justin Ganly and Kevin Stanley presented Homemaker Centres - State of the Nation at the LFRA Forum in Brisbane, 19 November 2013

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The 2013/14 edition of the Large Format Retail Association Directory is now available for purchase

The 2013/14 edition of the Large Format Retail Association Directory contains comprehensive data on 210 operating homemaker centres and 43 non-operating centres as well as for 20 of the most significi… Read more

"Limited parking in Green Square plans", The Australian Financial Review, 8 October 2013

Rebecca Thistleton writes:  Mirvac and Leighton Properties have proposed an $89 million apartment project as part of their joint venuture partnership at Sydney's Green Square.  Read more

"Development catching up as suburbs build new hope", The Sydney Morning Herald", 28-29 September 2013

Kevin Stanley writes:  A recent study and report by Deep End Services shows 25,000 apartments are in the development pipeline in inner Sydney, in 131 projects or stages of projects - 11,000 of th… Read more

"Off-the-plan sales are moving off the charts", The Australian, 28-29 September 2013

Greg Brown:  Once the domain of the offshore investor, off-the-plan apartments are being snapped up increasingly by a different buyer:  the savvy first-homeowner who lives in the property fo… Read more

A Deep End Services report on Sydney apartments released, 19 September 2013

A recent research study and report by Deep End Services shows inner Sydney is set to be transformed by the construction of 25,000 apartments from 2013 to 2018.  The study identified 130 projects … Read more

"Record surge in new Sydney apartments", The Australian Financial Review, 19 September 2013

Rebecca Thistleton writes:  The largest ever influx of new apartments will be finished in Sydney next year, part of a 25,000-strong pipeline for the inner suburbs.  Read more

"Inner south apartment market heads north", The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 September 2013

Toby Johnstone writes:  The booming inner west is old news; stand by for the rise of the inner south.  The corridor between the city and the airport is set to be the star of an imminent apar… Read more

"City blocks drive up guidance", The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2013

Carolyn Cummins writes:  DEXUS Property Group has issued an earnings guidance rise of 5.2 per cent for the 2014 financial year, based on expected improvement in capital values and has relaunched … Read more

Deep End Services expands to Sydney, Australia, 6 May 2013

Sydney, Australia, 6 May 2013 - We are thrilled to announce the recent appointment of Kevin Stanley to the position of Principal.  Kevin will establish and lead the company's Sydney office, the f… Read more

"Blundy leads in bulky goods", The Australian Financial Review", 10 January 2013

Robert Harley writes:  Retail entrepreneur Brett Blundy has bought the Jindalee Homemaker Centre in Brisbane from the GPT Group to make Blundy and his BB Retail Capital the largest private owner … Read more

"Big brands for Townsville", The Australian Financial Review, 25 October 2012

Robert Harley writes:  Stockland has attracted some major retail players to north Queensland to fill the $180 million extension to its Stockland Townsville Mall.  Read more Read more

"New breed reaps rewards of bulky goods", The Australian Financial Review, 23 October 2012

Robert Harley writes:  BB Retail Capital, headed by retailer Brett Blundy, has just bought another two bulky goods retail centres to boost the group's national portfolio to $500 million.  Re… Read more

"Bulky goods retailers weather the storm", The West Australian, 27 June 2012

Marissa Lague writes:  Bulky goods retailers in WA have weathered the tough trading conditions far better than their counterparts in other States and with higher sales than the national average, … Read more

Deep End Services expands

Melbourne, Australia, 14 May 2012 - We are thrilled to announce the recent appointments of Matthew Lee to the position of Principal and Anna Kilroy as Senior Associate at Deep End Services.  Read… Read more

"Bulking up in tight times", The Sydney Morning Herald, 12-13 November 2011

Carolyn Cummins writes:  Bulky goods have defied the malaise in the retailing sector, with vacancy rates among the larger outlets rising only marginally in the past few months.  Justin Ganly… Read more

"Bulky goods group hits out at change", The Australian Financial Review", 10 November 2011

Lisa Carapiet and Ben Wilmot writes:  A one-word change in the definition of what constitutes a bulky goods premises has left a large number of NSW landlords and developers in the lurch, accordin… Read more

"Tough run for retailers as consumers tighten belts", The Australian, 15 July 2011

Teresa Ooi writes:  Rod Levis, founder of the Cue Clothing stores, says retail conditions have been the worst he has seen for a long time, with many shoppers too nervous to spend on discretionary… Read more

"It's the new Australian dream: own an apartment", The Australian Financial Review, 16 June 2011

Ben Hurley writes:  Apartments are on course to overtake houses as the most common new homes in Australia's biggest cities as young buyers and renters forgo the traditional backyard for tight liv… Read more

"The right ingredients", The Australian Financial Review, 18-20 March 2011

Ben Hurley writes:  There is money to be made from buying off the plan but there are also drawbacks.  Property investor Glenn Piper knows just how good investing in off-the-plan apartments c… Read more

"Bulking up", Inside Retailing Magazine, Dec 2010/Jan 2011

With more than 21 percent of Australian retail sales and one of the fastest growing parts of the retail industry, the bulky goods sector accounts for around 30 percent of all retail floor space. … Read more

"Jamie Oliver to open Ministry of Food at Ipswich Australia",, 8 November 2010

Deep End Services has been providing demographic information to help determine the priority areas throughout Australia to establish Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food centres in conjunction with The… Read more

"Go Ahead for Woolworths Home Improvement Stores", Press Release, Victorian Minister of Planning, 25 October 2010

Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden has announced planning approval for 10 new Woolworths hardware stores.  Deep End Services provided economic research and expert witness reports to five o… Read more

Justin Ganly joins the MAB Advisory Board, 1 June 2010

MAB Corporation is a private property company based in Melbourne, combining development, asset management, funds management and direct property investment. Justin Ganly was appointed to the MAB Advis… Read more

"Big things tipped for bulky goods", Sydney Morning Herald, 29-30 May 2010

Carolyn Cummins writes:  The forecast rise in population across the country and expectations of a resurgence in new home building will provide a much-needed boost to the bulky goods sector. … Read more

Justin Ganly wins the Warrick Shedden Award, 25 May 2010

In memory of Warrick Shedden, founding president of the Bulky Goods Retailers Association and Managing Director of OZ Design Furniture, the Warrick Shedden Memorial Award is bestowed to an i… Read more

"Minister plans to improve planning", The Australian Financial Review, 22 April 2010

Robert Harley writes: The Rudd government's Minister for Small Business, Craig Emerson, has a new crusade against anti-competitive city planning.  "Planning and zoning laws might be shaping … Read more

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