Two Local Legends Join the Amazons Family Fresh Markets Team in Jindalee

Amazons Family Fresh Markets at DFO Jindalee, the biggest fruit-and-vegetable market in the western suburbs, is bringing out the big guns, with the recent addition of two powerhouse talents to their team: the “Banana King of the West” and one of the best butchers in Brisbane.

Mel Habchi

After many years trading at the Mt Ommaney Fruit Market, Mel Habchi and his staff have now joined the team at Amazons Family Fresh Markets.  

As the door closed on his lease at the Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, a new door opened enabling Mel to continue sourcing and offering the freshest and best value fruit and veg in the Centenary area.

Mel Habchi
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Mel has been called the “Banana King of the West.” Frankly, who can question his clout or buying prowess at the Brisbane fruit and veg markets when he’s able to offer fresh Cavendish bananas at $1.98 per kg when $4/kg is common at the major supermarkets (prices as of publishing date)? 

Huge boxes of Honey Murcott mandarins for $14.90. Broccoli at $2.98/Kg. All these make the big chain supermarkets look extremely expensive.

Rodney Gaddes

Rodney Geddes
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Along with Mel, another local legend who has joined the team is Rodney Gaddes, a butcher with over 30 years’ experience. 

“I have been a butcher for more than 31 years, I was born on the farm and this is something I really love doing,” Rodney said, adding that he is happy to be joining the Amazons Family Fresh Markets team.  

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Rodney has been filling the cabinets with quality meats that have shoppers making a beeline for his choice cuts.

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Amazons Family Fresh Market Reviews

“Beautiful fruit and veggies and always cheaper than Coles, I’m obsessed with this place. Plus you can pick up a hot chicken for $8 – how good.”

Alexandra Grunwald

“Great selection of fruit and other produce. The store is well laid out with easy access. Prices are really good.”

John Westwood

“Have stopped going to Rocklea markets since these guys have opened, just as fresh and similar value.”

Wilfred Mak
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Jindalee Welcomes 14th ‘Hello Harry’ Burger Franchise Store in Australia

Did you know that DFO Jindalee is now home to the 14th Australian franchise of Hello Harry, a growing chain of burger joints that started in the coastal town of Maroochydore nearly eight years ago?

In late November 2021, Hello Harry opened its doors to Jindalee locals and the rest of Brisbane’s south-western residents at the recently renovated shopping centre.

Known for its “no fluff or fuss” menu and “funky & fun” dining environment, the burger joint offers carefully hand-rolled patties with locally-sourced ingredients for its fillings and side dishes.

Jay and Inga Robinson manage the Jindalee franchise and they hope to grow the market of burger lovers who enjoy freshly-made burgers in-house with local produce. However, Tony Kelly is the mastermind behind Hello Harry’s first store in the Sunshine Coast. He and his partners have a simple idea for their eatery — good burgers with good ingredients but made promptly upon order.

All Hello Harry outlets across Australia carry a standard menu with the Dirty Harry burgers as the crowd favourite. This meal is made of double beef patties, grilled chicken, double cheese, crispy bacon, pickles, American mustard, house tomato jam, and mayo. 

Vegan and vegetarians are not left out since the burger joint also offers four kinds of plant-based burgers. 

Hello Harry Jindalee
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Hello Harry Jindalee
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Hello Harry also runs a loyalty program, with a free sign-up, that allows members to earn points for discounts, freebies, and other privileges each time they dine at any of the outlets. 

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Had a great meal here after the gym. Tried the naked chicken burger, and it did not disappoint. A generous serving of salad with avocado as the base made for a wholesome meal that was not heavy.

Julieann Ramsey

Can’t get a better burger than from here. Meat is super tasty and perfectly cooked, egg runny and bun just right. Service was also top-notch.

Nik Gresshoff

Great burger place. Offers a good variety of burgers. Their chips are amazing. Already a family favourite. There’s quite a bit of seating if you want to dine in. Staff are lovely.

Huong Nguyen

DFO Jindalee Completes $15-Million Redevelopment with a Master Builders Award

DFO Jindalee has plenty of reasons to celebrate the season following the end of its $15-million redevelopment. Not only has the shopping centre been recognised for a Master Builders Award, it has also achieved fully-leased site status after two years of improvements.

Master Builders Queensland named DFO Jindalee as the winner of the Brisbane Region Master Builders Association Award for Retail Facilities Over $5 Million, which was overseen by Kane Constructions Project Manager David Laycock.  The project won because of its high level of finish and the complexity of the building’s design. 

According to Mr Laycock, it was not common to remove the building’s massive roof structure whilst the centre remained operational. With temporary engineering solutions in place, the challenge was to finish the project on time with limited distractions to the tenants. 

Mr Laycock said that the judges were quite impressed because of the level of finish delivered to the project. DFO Jindalee manager Jeff Litte is also proud of the outcome because the former outlet shopping centre could now deliver premium choices for its customers. 

Photo Credit: Master Builders Award
Photo Credit: Master Builders Award

Construction was conducted in two stages beginning 2019 but Stage 2 of the development, with the addition of Reading Cinemas, fresh food retailer Amazons Family Fresh Markets, and more green spaces and landscaping, raised the value and prestige of the shopping centre. 

In September 2021, DFO Jindalee signed up its final seven new tenants to complete the line-up of retail shops, cafes, and restaurants. Establishments like The Yiros Shop, Coco Bliss, Jindalee Cafe, Sushi Paradise, In Tea, BMT Viet, and Noodle Street are set to open in the next few months. They will join long-term tenant Coffee Club, Nike, BCF, Goodlife and more than 50 other shops.

DFO Jindalee Stage 2 Completed with 60 Retailers, New Cinema and Fresh Markets

Residents of the suburbs around Centenary have a new and convenient lifestyle precinct to regularly visit as the second stage of DFO Jindalee has been completed. 

On Boxing Day, DFO Jindalee marked the completion with the opening of the six-theatre, state-of-the-art leisure site, Reading Cinemas. It’s the first cinema complex to open in the suburbs in 60 years.

The expansive movie house features a TITAN LUXE cinema with immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound, a reclining option on every seat in every auditorium facing a 23m screen, wider platforms throughout the cinemas for added customer comfort, and a bar and lounge area.

Reading Cinemas is the wonderful trimming complementing the cafes and restaurants at DFO Jindalee’s dining precinct and a suitable segue for shoppers at the retail sites, who might want a few hours of respite at the movies.

“DFO Jindalee was originally created to focus on outlet shopping, but this redevelopment has improved the centre to deliver premium leisure, sports and fashion brand outlets, plus an entertainment and dining precinct that will offer so much more to the customers who travel as far away as Toowoomba to regularly visit and shop,” Development spokesperson Michael Tree, Director of Asset Management for Trident Advisory Group, said. 

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“Stage 2 will complete the centre with the new Reading Cinemas complex; new lighting and skylights over a simplified floor plan and redirected shopping flow; the first fresh food retailer at the centre in Amazons Family Fresh Markets; plus a new dining precinct with fresh external green space/landscaping; to result in 60 specialty and dining retailers plus four major retailers (Nike, Goodlife, BCF and Reading Cinemas) and over 900 car parks.“

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In early 2021, DFO Jindalee is set to open Yiros Shop, whilst a few more cafes and restaurants will fill up the remaining leases. As of January this year, the shopping centre has some of these fully-operational establishments:

  • Adidas
  • Amazons Family Fresh Markets
  • BCF
  • Bendon
  • Billabong
  • Bonds
  • Connor
  • Converse
  • Goodlife
  • itradegolf
  • Jaqui E
  • Jay Jays
  • Kaisercraft
  • Kathmandu
  • Nike
  • Novo
  • Oakley
  • Off the Pallet
  • Puma
  • Reading Cinemas
  • Rivers
  • Rockwear
  • Sketchers
  • Standbags
  • Tarocash
  • Vape Cloud & Lotto
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More establishments will be finalised and announced in the coming months. 

6-Theatre Cinema, BCF and Outdoor Restaurants Proposed for DFO Jindalee

Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) Jindalee could be in for major changes, with a six-theatre cinema, a BCF outlet and new dining outlets proposed for the factory outlet retail centre.

Chin Yin Pty Ltd has submitted a Development Application for an expansion of the shopping centre and addition of new shops as well as food and drinks outlets.

DFO Jindalee proposed development

The DA is broken down into two stages.

Under the first stage of the plan, tenants will be rearranged in the southeast portion of the retail centre so that a BCF retail store could be put in place.

Stage 2A of the DA also calls for construction of a Reading Cinema with six cinemas, including a high-end Titan Luxe movie theatre. The square footage of the commercial centre will also be increased by 207 square metres. A huge portion of the expansion will be at the level below the proposed cinema.

The eastern side of the centre will have an improved outdoor pedestrian footpath and outdoor dining that will be fully landscaped. There will be new entryways on the eastern side, replacing the current wall.

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DFO Jindalee was developed in 2007 and was sold to the new owners in March 2016. The new plans are part of the vision of the new owners to reinvigorate the shopping centre.

Initial Review

In its initial review of the DA, the council raised issues including traffic and noise impact. The council also noted that Stage 1 and the food and drink outlet component of Stage 2A are accepted development. Thus they are not assessable and should not be part of the application.

As to the assessable aspects of the proposal, the applicant is being asked to provide updated traffic impact assessment to thoroughly present the impact of the development on the external road network. The council is also requiring the applicant to seek advice from the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) since the site is fronting Centenary Motorway.

The council also raised concerns about possible noise and light impact of the development. Parking and the proposed use of the development are expected to emit noise and bright outdoor lighting that could be disruptive to the neighbouring residential development immediately north of the DFO site.

The applicant is yet to respond to the initial review.

Find out more about the Development Application (A005092213).