The family-owned and operated Harris Farm Markets have opened their flavour-filled doors to their first Gold Coast store: at Via Roma on the Isle of Capri.
Harris Farm Markets will open two stores in Brisbane, beginning with Clayfield in November before opening the flagship store at West Village in West End in May next year.
Harris Farm Markets has operated for more than 40 years, with Queensland being the first state for the NSW-based business to expand into, and there’s a reason. In November, Harris Farm Markets will open at the site of the current Clayfield Markets on Sandgate Road, home, and run by local produce experts, Carlo and Susan Lorenti. It’s this site that holds the history.
“We are incredibly excited to be opening at this site because Harris Farm used to own it 30 years ago before handing it over to Carlo and Susan. It’s a full-circle story and we are thrilled that Carlo and Susan are staying on as our managers at Clayfield, along with as many staff as possible,” said Harris Farm Markets co-CEO Tristan Harris, one of the three Harris sons who now run the company after their parents, David and Cathy Harris, retired.
He said the two Brisbane stores will offer produce from more than 300 Queensland growers, creators and producers, including organic milk from Barambah, My Berries from Caboolture, Brisbane’s Roza’s Gourmet sauces, and organic chicken from Hobbs Family Farms Organic in Pittsworth.
In addition, combined the two stores will employ over 200 staff, a welcome injection to the local economy.
“The Clayfield store will be home to the best in fruit and vegetables, including a tomato shed, organic produce section and a leaderboard of Queensland strawberries and mangoes, as well as a gourmet grocery section of boutique local products, an extensive deli and offering of more than 200 cheeses, a bakery section with the best breads from sourdough to brioche, and a premium meat selection.
“It will be a flavour-filled showcase of Queensland and Australian produce under one roof, and we can’t wait to open in November in a city that values their fresh fruit, vegetables and food stories so highly. Queensland is famed for the richness and range of produce grown across the state, and to be able to work with so many wonderful producers is one of our dreams.”
The Clayfield store will undergo a rebuild, redesign and changeover, before opening in late November as Harris Farm Markets Clayfield.
In May next year, the flagship Harris Farm Markets will open in the exciting West Village development at West End.
“If Clayfield is our historic family home in Brisbane, then West End will be our headquarters,” said Harris.
Harris Farm Markets will take over part of the Peters Ice Cream building, built in the 1920s by the American migrant, Fred Peters.
“The warehouse space is nothing short of extraordinary and will allow us to build our flagship Queensland Harris Farm Markets store, with great local fruit, veg and gourmet grocery, as well as some local concession partnerships we’re really excited about. Opening in West Village, one of the most exciting urban developments we have ever seen, is a fantastic opportunity, particularly given the history of fresh fruit and vegetable markets in the West End peninsula,” Harris said.
Supermarkets in Australia continue to provide farmers with help during the drought, including Coles with its pledge to match customer donations dollar-for-dollar.
Coles’ promise to match customer donations will go for the entire month of August, in order to help farming communities doing it tough due to drought conditions.
The combined donations raised at checkouts and matched by Coles will be provided to the Country Women’s Association to support drought-affected families, to help cover household expenses such as school expenses and food, medical, electricity and water bills.
Coles managing director John Durkan said customers wanted to do more to support families affected by drought.
“For every donation no matter how big or small, our customers can be assured they will be making a difference to the rural communities experiencing hardship and distress,” said Durkan.
The matching donation is in addition to $5 million already pledged in grants or interest-free loans from the Coles Nurture Fund for farmers who have a project which will help them to combat drought in the future.
Harris Farm Markets also announced it is matching donations dollar-to-dollar in August.
In a release, Tristan Harris, from Harris Farm Markets, said farmers deserved a fair grow and they needed people’s support in these trying times.
From the 2nd of August the supermarkets had donation boxes in all its shops collecting funds for rural aid, for four weeks.
Harris Farm Markets also had a cook-up at all stores in the first weekend of August, selling food for $5 with all proceeds helping provide hay and stock feed for drought-stricken farmers.
On the 11th of August, Woolworths donated all profits from sales in the fresh departments at its supermarkets to the Rural Aid Buy a Bale appeal.
It followed a $1.5 million donation from Woolworths, in July, aimed at supporting farmers impacted by the drought.