Eloff Street was given a facelift, with trees, paving, light fittings and street furniture transforming its look.
Nonetheless, Foschini watched as Markham's revenue fell, concluding that the building "was totally unsuitable for retail purposes".
"In order to reverse the decline in turnover and take advantage of the prospective increase in customer flow from the Eloff Street Busway, Foschini believed the best option was demolition and redevelopment," states Ball.
Foschini considered renovating the building but this was rejected; instead it was felt that the building offered "few benefits [that] would accrue to customers and staff".
Another option was to retain the facades and clock tower, gutting the inside and re-creating the store. But this was also rejected by Foschini. In addition, it was established that the building was a potential fire hazard.