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Sad old building

Although still quite impressive from the outside, the building has not been maintained and is quite... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Fiona C
Salmiya, Kuwait
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Founded in 1844

The Cargills company was founded in 1844 and had its headquarters in York Street, by the fort... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
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No. 40 York Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 427777
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few department stores to be housed in a building thats protected undre the world heritage fund ,which is now run by the 4th generation and given birth to the famous Cargills Food City chain of supermarkets with the famous tagline (read the...More

Thank Rohan F
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Although still quite impressive from the outside, the building has not been maintained and is quite empty on the inside. There is a fast food restaurant at one end and a small supermarket then lots of open space. Quite sad.

3  Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Cargills company was founded in 1844 and had its headquarters in York Street, by the fort. Unfortunately the building is no longer in use which is a pity as it is a beautiful pink building from the Victorian era. It seems that it is...More

1  Thank palawanismyhome
Reviewed 16 February 2018

You cant seem to miss this building around the Fort area.Its massive,candy striped painting and glorious Victorian façade.Very pretty but unfortunately being let go to ruin.

Thank caddyandbellA
Reviewed 27 January 2018

This building, right at the harbour is part of the towns colonial history. Hard to miss when you stroll around the area.

Thank KristaTheNetherlands
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Cargills opened in 1844 as the first department store in Colombo, and the remains of its elegance can still be felt. It is fairly sad inside, with a huge empty hall, closed off wooden staircase and lift and a fairly basic supermarket in one corner....More

1  Thank Ilmar1
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The exterior is a must-see when doing a walking tour of Fort. Inside is a large empty area backed by a KFC and a supermarket. You can get a few supplies there but the range is pretty dire even by the standards of small poor...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Travelling with my partner who was born in Colombo she fondly remembered the building in its former grandeur. Sadly this is now gone. This beautiful building has gone the way of so many others in Sri Lanka. Allowed to fall from grace. Perhaps the next...More

Thank Brian E
Reviewed 11 January 2018

This may have been the first department store in Colombo, and it doesn't appear to have changed since. The interior is a dark store with unimpressive stock on the shelves. Definitely needs a refurb, which can be done without ruining the character of the place.

Thank tC-21-12-Ct
Reviewed 7 November 2017

recently, i bussed into the hub of the city centre "that was" - colombo fort. got a pleasant surprise. as i glimpsed the changed colombo thru a dirty window of noisy bus, i realized that introducing ONE WAY traffic on major roads in the hub,...More

2  Thank mariansira
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