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King's Arcade, Armadale

Kings Arcade

Kings Arcade

The historic Kings Arcade, a National Trust classified building, was built in 1893 by Mr Fredrick Philips. In 1915 the arcade was acquired by Fredrick King who was a fruiterer and used the original shops at the front of the arcade for his burgeoning business. In 1921 Frederick King made the arcade into a thoroughfare by providing a link from High St through to Armadale railway station, at the back of the arcade. Hence, the fitting name of Railway Arcade, was its original name.

At this time, trams did not go all the way into the city so the only public transport into the city was via Armadale station. The arcade was the link from the busy High St where the tram finished to Flinders Streets station. During this period it was one of the busiest thoroughfares in Australia.

In 1946 Gordon King, the son of Fredrick, undertook major renovations of the arcade and renamed the arcade Kings Arcade. Further renovations took place in the 80's with the addition of a glass roof. Today, the arcade is still in the King family with Philip and Robert King, the grandsons of Fredrick, still operating the arcade.

Shops in King's Arcade

Kings Arcade Walkway

Kings Arcade Walkway

Nine Green Bottles specialises in Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They also have an extensive range of vinegars, tapenades, olives, homewares and culinary gifts. In their tasting room you can sample 12 of the best Australian extra virgin olive oils from around the country.

Twiggywinkle is a baby's furniture boutique.

Manuell & Moore fashion designers, who recently won Gown of the Year and Contemporary Bridal Designer of the year have their designs on display.

Belle Chic Interiors decoration and design have a selection of unique furnishings.

Ditchburn & Boxshall with fine jewellery and decorative antiques and Armadale Framing, with a collection of prints and artworks can also be found in the arcade.

Finally, Euro Lounge cafe is open to quench your thirst and quell your hunger after a hard day shopping.

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