Ref: J. T. Diamond, LynnMall from Farmers end, November 1963, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, JTD-11A-02070-2.
In 1965 the corner-stone was laid for a second Auckland shopping mall developed by the same company – Southmall. Farmers and Woolworths were already signed up and soon joined by a Four Square supermarket. Specialty shops included The House of Flackson, Pacific Bags, Prime Meats and the Havana Coffee Lounge.
Ref: Market day, Southmall, 7 October 1969, South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, Footprints 05388.
Both malls were so popular they soon began expanding. In six years, LynnMall’s original 500 car parks grew to 5000 and the centre added seven new shops plus the Western-themed Supervalue Supermarket which had wagon wheels arranged on the walls above the meat section. The three-day expansion celebrations included performances by Lou Clauson, Brendan Dugan and magician “Mr E.” There was also a mall-wide sale with bargains such as Helanca slacks from Milne & Choyce for $3.99 a pair (reduced from $8.99) and baby stretch ‘n’ grow sleeping suits for $2.85 from The Sunshine Shop (Auckland Star Supplement, 5 May 1970).
Entertainment was a year-round feature of mall life with baby, beauty and bed-making competitions, musical performances, quizzes, and appearances by celebrities such as The Chicks and Shane who autographed posters for adoring crowds of teenagers at LynnMall (Western Leader, 19 March 1970, p 13).
Ref: 'Just for the hang of it', Southmall, September 1972, photograph reproduced by permission of Fairfax Media, South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, Footprints 00194.
Ref: Paper fashion, Southmall, 11 September 1970, photograph reproduced by permission of Manurewa Historical Society, South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, Footprints 05397.
After that excitement, shoppers could take the whole family to Pizza Hut for a $3.00, 13-inch family pizza. Alternatively, they could ring the new Dial-a-Pizza service and collect their order from the store – as home delivery was not yet on the horizon.
- History of New Lynn School (and the Community it served) 1888-1988 / Peter Buffett
- Soaring Birds: A History of Manurewa to 1965 / Gwen Wichman