Saturday, April 7, 2007

Rankins on the mall Newsagency

When people talk about a meeting place in the City, they generally arrange to meet up at the intersection of Queen and Albert Streets, smack bang in the middle of the Queens Street Mall. You might say "Meet me outside Hungry Jack's", but you're more likely to say "Meet me in front of Rankins". Rankins Newsagency has been a mainstay of the Mall since it first opened in 1982. Originally, located in the section between Edward and Albert Street, they have changed location 3 times to their present position.

If you check their web site, you find that the original owner has been there for 25 years plus. Quite an effort in the retail game! They are open 7 days a week, generally from 6:00am through to Midnight. Aside from newspapers and magazines, they also sell lollies and chocolate bars, transport tickets, lotto tickets and phone cards. Their position is on one of the prime pieces of real estate in Brisbane, with a huge pedestrian traffic flow which passes each day. With the refurbishment in 1999, the area is also well shaded with the large overhead glass panel.

My sister told me that I should write about some of the more cultural aspects, and the type of people around the city. When you stand in the middle of the mall you see all types. Today, there was a bit of a Goth and Emo convention going on, which was pretty cool. My son is quite social, and there's nothing funnier than watching kids dressed in black sulking, trying to ignore a kid who keeps coming up to them and saying "Hello! How are ya?"

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear wes. my, your son must be very social to go up and chat to people! I'd be too chicken. I was certainly a 'meet me outside HJ's' type of gal!