Relive some of the exciting openings, special occasions, and countless highlights of 2014!
Wow! We’ve nearly hit the end of December and we’re sure there’s plenty of others wondering where the year has gone! The past 12 months has been an exhilarating ride to say the least. Not only have we been involved in some fantastic new projects, we’ve also made some big changes of our own which are already benefiting our customers and our business and will continue to do so for years to come.
Below is a snapshot of our year in review, and a sample of the amazing highlights we’ve enjoyed:
New Restaurants, Cafes, & Bars:
It’s been a huge year of growth for the Brisbane restaurant and cafe scene. The ever-popular Eagle Street precinct is now overlooked by two of the year’s most anticipated restaurants: Madame Wu and Navala Churrascaria. While their ‘Asian Fusion’ and ‘Brazilian BBQ’ cuisines geographically couldn’t be much further apart, what they have in common is hundreds of customers pouring through their doors each night to see what all the fuss is about and leaving extremely impressed.
Westfield Garden City’s huge renovation and expansion has generated a lot of hype in the southern suburbs, especially it’s tropical-themed Town Square complete with cascading pools, palm trees, and sun lounges. This overhaul coincided with the refurbishment and renaming of an old favourite; Beach House Bar & Grill has now become Hotel Beach House and is home to a huge range of outdoor bar and dining areas, a TAB section, and a beer garden.
Another exciting development around Brisbane has been the rapid growth of Hakataya Ramen. In this year alone we’ve supplied the equipment and smallwares for their Brisbane CBD, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and recently-opened Eight Mile Plains stores. It seems their delicious, traditional Japanese soups are becoming more popular by the day, and we look forward to involvement in future projects – which at this rate are only just around the corner!
Moving north – a long way north! – it is great to see that several years after being devastated by tropical cyclone Yasi, the rebuild of Dunk Island Resort is well underway and a reopening is getting closer. Along with the fit out of the Government’s Manus Island Regional Processing Facility, this was definitely one of our biggest logistical undertakings of the year and further demonstrates our ability to successfully coordinate and cooperate with customers, suppliers, and transport companies on large-scale projects wherever the location.
In May we relocated our National Head Office and Distribution Centre from its home of four years at Albion, and we’re now well-established in our new 2000sqm premises at Eagle Farm.
The benefits were instant, and both our customers and our staff are enjoying the added convenience, efficient service, and increased stock capacities. We’ve now got most of our staff under the same roof which means our customers can seamlessly interact with staff across all of our departments, and our staff can also work closely together to ensure every customer’s need is professionally and promptly attended to.
Showroom Renovation & Demo Kitchen
Our convenient and centrally-located Fortitude Valley showroom still remains the best place for browsing our stock lines or picking up the supplies you need on-the-spot, and has undergone a few changes of its own over the last couple of months.
A new shelving layout has made it easier than ever for customers to navigate the aisles and quickly find the products they are looking for.
We’ve also got a brilliant new display room at the rear of the building which is home to the most unique, striking, and up to date stoneware and crockery trends on the market. Dozens of the items are exclusive to Hospitality Superstore and we invite you to come in and see for yourself!
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit the showroom during one of our special live cooking demonstrations during the last 10 weeks you would’ve noticed that we now have a big range of commercial cooking equipment installed and ready to go! The Unox combi oven, Irinox blast chiller, Skope refrigeration, Turbochef speed cook oven, and Hobart undercounter dishwasher are all getting regular workouts, plus we’ve got suppliers demonstrating other products on a weekly basis. So make sure you keep stopping by during 2015 and stayed tuned to our Facebook for information about our next live cooking event!
HSS Finance is launched!
If there’s one product which has been a revelation this year, it’s our exclusive HSS Finance package. Many months of hard work were spent planning, reviewing, and revising this brand new finance option until we were convinced it was the perfect solution for our customers.
Since it’s launch in late August, dozens of customers have already begun enjoying the convenience, affordability and flexibility which HSS Finance offers them.
HSS Finance isn’t just limited to your catering equipment either. We can also finance your furniture, smallwares, stainless steel fabrication, custom equipment, point of sale, and shopfitting – plus much more – without charging any higher rental fees and all wrapped into one neat weekly payment.
Free up your capital, preserve your cash flow, and use HSS Finance to get your next project underway – now!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thank you to all our customers for your ongoing support over the past 12 months. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to continuing to provide you with our excellent products, advice, and service in 2015!