Our Story

The Famous Arthur Daley’s started as a pop-up shop on Swanston Street in Melbourne's central business district in 1992. Under the trading name "The Famous Arthur Daley’s Clearance House", we served thousands of city shoppers at a time when city bargain basements were closing.

“The secret of a good retail store is range,” said owner-operator Peter Ferne. “At The Famous Arthur Daley’s, we pride ourselves in offering full ranges in all our 30 departments, such as party supplies, art and craft, greeting cards, stationery as well as our seasonal ranges including Easter, Halloween and Christmas.”

Naming the business after the character Arthur Daley from the British television series 'Minder', Peter saw an opportunity to help out manufacturers struggling to clear excess stock, discontinued lines and cancelled store orders.

After moving to a number of temporary Melbourne city locations along Swanston Street from 1992 to 1995, we finally settled in the Basement, 33-37 Swanston Street in 1999. This cemented our name and reputation as a city bargain basement offering low prices over 30 departments.

In 2007, we embarked on a regional store expansion, launching our first regional retail outlet in the Basement, 131 Moorabool Street, Geelong. However, the popularity of big retail complexes in the area pulled foot traffic away, and, in mid-2012, we closed our doors for good in Geelong.

In December 2012, we took The Famous Arthur Daley’s name and reputation to Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs when we launched The Famous Arthur Daley’s Warehouse Clearance Sale, at 1136 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully. For the first time, customers could enjoy unlimited free parking while shopping.

In 2015, we handed the keys of our Swanston Street store to new owners, marking the end of our 23-year era in Melbourne city.

Today The Famous Arthur Daley’s remains Melbourne’s lergest discount variety superstore - a first-stop-shop for savvy shoppers looking for everyday, lifestyle and seasonal items at low prices. Our shoppers understand the importance of value and have the confidence to shop till they drop and still walk out with change in the pocket.

Our Story
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Owned, operated & based in Australia since 1992
The Famous Arthur Daley
Everyday's a sale!

“The Famous Arthur Daley’s is the best shop I’ve been to on my world travels! Seeing is believing!” — Samantha Sang, Australian singer and international recording artist of ‘Emotion’ (written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the ‘Bee Gees’)

OPENING HOURS

MAIN BUILDING:

(LEFT HAND SIDE UPON ENTERING CARPARK)
Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

PARTY BUILDING:

(RIGHT HAND SIDE UPON ENTERING CARPARK)
Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

BALLOON STATION:

(PARTY BUILDING)
Minimum two weeks' pre-booking required for all balloon orders. We accept all bookings in store at our Balloon Counter only. No phone orders.

Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-5pm
Sunday: 10:30am-4pm
Public Holidays: 10:30am-4pm