enex Is Perth’s Home To Style
Transforming style in the city through unexpected and compelling fashion, food and life. enex doesn’t follow trends, it creates them. With three levels of coveted fashion, food and lifestyle retailers, enex has transformed the style of the City. Situated at the heart of Perth City, visiting the contemporary shopping destination is convenient for both locals and visitors alike.
Fashion by enex
Accentuate your personal style with a mix of unexpected and unique items, or on-trend pieces of the season. From Australian designed Witchery, Gorman and Calibre to internationally acclaimed lululemon and Guess – there’s something for everyone.
Food by enex
Whether you’re after a healthy salad or decadent treat, enex caters to all cravings. Pick up something-to-go from the food podium, or unwind at Greenhouse Perth with tasty, wholesome and honest food & drink.
Life by enex
Tie your look together or bring soul to our home with an eclectic mix of offerings from Aesop, Kit Cosmetics, Pigeonhole, Napoleon Perdis, kikki.K and JB Hi-Fi.
History Of The Site
The History of enex is as rich as the abundance of retail offerings it provides. The historical Hay Street facade of the building is the former William Sandover Building (also known as the ‘Coles Building’). Designed by the architectural firm of Hobbs, Smith & Forbes, the structure was built in the early years of the 20th century and opened as a chemist’s and hardware store. Spurred on by the discovery of gold in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie in the 1890s, the company flourished; supplying machinery and hardware to the oncoming stream of hopeful prospectors. Unfortunately, the original building was damaged in a 1907 fire and was replaced with a new building. This remained as the home of Sandovers department store until the company finally closed its doors in the late 20th century. To this day, the facade remains standing and can be seen from the Hay Street Mall.
Over the years, the St George’s Terrace side of the site has been occupied by a number of buildings. First opening as a branch of the Union bank in 1885, the site’s neighbours quickly set up; including a seven storey New Zealand Insurance Company building in 1927 and a six storey airways house in 1933. In May 1963, The Union Bank (now the ANZ) vacated the site to begin the construction of a new 14 storey replacement building, which was completed in 1965. In the late 1980s, the ANZ building was demolished to make way for a new retail arcade – however, due to an economic downturn, this plan never eventuated. A park and a Toys ‘R’ Us store occupied the site for the following years.
In 2004, redevelopment plans put forward by Incitec and ISPT were approved by the City of Perth. At the time, the project was the largest retail development seen in the Perth CBD since Forrest Chase was completed in 1989. During construction, the retail site’s name was changed from ‘Century City’ in favour of ‘enex100’. The enex100 name derives from the motto “enjoy and expect the unexpected.”
The complex officially opened on the 14th of September, 2009 with an exclusive party featuring internationally-renowned DJ Havana Brown.