Video transcript: David Jones headquarters opens in Melbourne

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Georgina Jerums

Melbourne has long been known as the nation’s fashion and retail capital.

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And that title has been given a further boost with the opening of the new corporate head office for Country Road and David Jones in Burnley, securing 1500 jobs.

Ian Moir - Chief Executive Officer, Woolworths Holdings Ltd

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We felt bringing our businesses together in one custom-built centre in the capital for fashion, and the capital for retail, made absolute sense.

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The investment by Woolworths Holding Limited sees David Jones relocating its head office from Sydney and Country Road Group relocating from nearby Richmond.

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Sydney is obviously a green city.

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But Melbourne, when it comes to retail and fashion Melbourne’s it.

Everybody loves their fashion.

It’s talked about more.

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It’s just more fashionable isn’t it?

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Spanning 16,000 square metres, the purpose-built site also houses the head offices of the Mimco, Trenery, Witchery and Politix businesses.

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We saw a long-term future.

We’ve invested a lot of money at the most difficult time.

And we did so because we really saw a great future for retail.

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And we’ll continue to invest a lot of money into the future in retail.

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It doesn’t matter whether it’s online, whether it’s in physical stores, we really believe in a future for retail in Melbourne.

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Good morning everyone.

I am so excited, so happy.

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This has been a long time in the making, and we stand here in the most amazing light-filled building, all of it has been worthwhile.

Philip Dalidakis - Minister for Trade & Investment

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To have Woolworths Holdings Limited, one of the great retailers of the world, invest in Victoria, invest in Melbourne, to have confidence to be able to come here, to grow here, I think that says everything about the opportunity that’s provided, and of course the future that is so bright for everybody involved.

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