Suburban shopping centres based around supermarkets and department stores appeared in Western Australia in the two decades after the Second World War.
Until then, local retail had been carried out exclusively in general stores, and some
specialty stores, servicing suburbs from small corner shops. The boom in the use of cars allowed for the construction of shopping centres to service a more mobile
population. One or two trips to suburban centres a week, rather than daily trips to nearby shops, became commonplace.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s retail outlets became concentrated around purpose-built suburban shopping precincts centred around supermarkets.