A Long Tradition
The Springetts group of companies traces its origins to 1926 when Mr. H.L. (Harry) Springett came to Bowral with his family. The first Springetts enterprise was a mixed food business in Bong Bong Street. The present arcade is built over part of this site.
Incorporated in 1934, the company acquired land adjacent to the original business and erected a building housing a first class air-conditioned restaurant, and a ballroom catering for 300 people on the first floor.
Thus, for well over half a century, ‘Springetts’ has been central to both the business and social life of Bowral and the Highlands.
By 1940, at the untimely death of the founder, Springetts had expanded into soft drink and ice manufacturing, and a “model” bakery. Springetts drinks and bread were well known throughout the Highlands.
After the war, son Ted and his brothers Harry, Tony, and Bob restructured the business, part of which became Bowral’s first self-service grocery market.
In the late 50s a fire guttered the old bakery that lead the way for a new, latest technology bakery to be built – the first to distribute sliced bread in the district; and a Cold Storage and Freezing Plant which was to distribute the new consumer products – frozen foods – throughout the Highlands.
The soft drink plant – then Bowral Cordial Works – installed the latest automated filling machines, and was the first to bottle the famous ‘Passiona’ in Australia.
A grocery wholesaling business also supplied the trade in the Highlands.
Origins of the Arcade
In the late 1960s the companies were restructured again to allow for the building of the first Springetts Arcade, completed in 1972.
By this time a new business – the ‘Hot Canary’ Supermarket had already been trading for two years on part of the site. This Springetts retailing innovation – selling groceries singly or in bulk to the public at wholesale prices in a ‘no frills’ environment has since been emulated by other grocery retailers in Australia.
The new arcade had 20 shops and offices and was immediately a successful focus to the business district of Bowral.
In 1983, the Hot Canary Supermarket closed, and the property was completely redeveloped to open in 1984 as the current arcade with 50 shops and offices in an elegant atmosphere of old world charm.
The Arcade Today
Today Springetts Arcade is known as the “Heart of Bowral”, a meeting place for locals and visitors. Some 22,000 people pass through the arcade each week – almost the entire population of the Highlands.
The Arcade is a unique place to meet friends, find just that shopping item you are looking for or just to browse. The kids and adults alike adore the new aquarium where wishes are made.
Springetts Arcade is recognised for the freshest meats and bread, gourmet foods, beautiful flowers, unique gifts, quality home wares and the latest fashions and accessories. Springetts Arcade has award winning retailers, plus other stores nominated for excellence in business. Where better to shop in Bowral?
Every month will see something exciting happening in Springetts Arcade. Including registration days and awareness weeks regularly held in Springetts Arcade during the year – local sporting groups, hearing week, energy audit week and more.
The Arcade Centre Management Office can be found at Suite 107, Gallery Level