History was made on 20 September 1965, when Premier Sir David Brand officially opened Floreat Forum, Perth’s first ‘American-Style’ shopping Centre.
For the first time in WA, all the variety and convenience of city shopping could be found in the one suburban location.
Floreat Forum has welcomed many changes over the years but its history has been kept alive by generations of shoppers sharing fond memories of their trips to the Centre.
1965 | Est.
Built by the Hammerson Group, Floreat Forum was WA’s first ‘American-style’ shopping centre, housing 40 stores along an open-air precinct. Stores includes a Woolworths Food Fair and a Moores Department Store, as well a tavern, a community centre, a library and children’s playground.
1984 | The Big Top
Made with over two thousand square metres of Sheerfill fabric, a ‘circus-style’ tent roof was erected in 1984. Manufactured in the USA, the roof was the first of its kind in Australia and allowed natural light into the Centre whilst sheltering customers from inclement weather.
2003 | The Outdoor Forum
A new restaurant and dining precinct was added in 2003, featuring a selection of alfresco restaurants, lifestyle and homewares retail outlets and a gym.. The Outdoor Forum provided the community with an area to meet, dine, share a drink and relax.