toombul shopping centre shopping town loving nundah brisbane history february floods end eraAbove: The Big T and Children’s Play Rocket, both circa 1960’s (contributor: Beth Snewin, QLD Places)

After extensive damage due to the February 2022 floods, Mirvac has made the difficult decision to permanently close Toombul Shopping Centre.

Mirvac notified retailers and the community of their decision in May, after taking into consideration the extent of the damage and the risk of future flooding.

toombul shopping centre shopping town loving nundah brisbane history february floods end eraAbove: Toombul in February, 2022

The news about the closure of Toombul has devastated not only the business owners, retailers and workers in the centre, but the community that has relied on its services for the last 54 years.

Toombul Shoppingtown opened on 10 October 1967 with the much publicised benefit of being the first air-conditioned shopping centre in Queensland. It had 60 speciality stores when it opened, including Toombul Barber, owned by John Scavarelli, who offered 80 cent haircuts on opening day.

toombul shopping centre shopping town loving nundah brisbane history february floods end eraAbove: Bayards on opening day in 1967 (contributor: Lost Brisbane)

Toombul Barber has remained at Toombul since opening day and was the only retailer to have a presence at the centre from 1967 through to 2022.

Vince Luppino became a partner in the business in 1985, and John’s daughter Luisa Laurito began working with them in 1994. Vince and Luisa have now relocated Toombul Barber to Ascot, where they still look after their past clients and warmly welcome new clients.

toombul shopping centre shopping town loving nundah brisbane history february floods end eraAbove: Toombul Shoppingtown, circa 1960’s (contributor: Toombul Shopping Centre)

At this stage, no decision has been made on the future plan for the site, but the community response has been overwhelming, with residents wanting retail, health services, entertainment, beauty and fresh food returned to our local area.

toombul shopping centre shopping town loving nundah brisbane history february floods end eraAbove: Westfield Toombul Shoppingtown in the 1970’s (contributor: John Fullager, Lost Brisbane)

Looking to support Toombul small businesses? Here are the new locations for some retailers:

Toombul Barber – 86 Charlton Street, Ascot
Studio Solo & Co – 25 Bradbury Street, Nundah
Home & Her – 90 Buckland Road, Nundah
Antica Home – Lutwyche Market Central
Crystal Journey – Stafford City Shopping Centre
Ed’s PC’s – Taigum Shopping Centre
Bay Audio – Chermside Shopping Centre
Meridian Care – North Lakes Shopping Centre
TerryWhite Chemmart – Brookside Shopping Centre