New Arndale Shopping Centre line up to whet appetite of shoppers

A halal-certified butcher where you can have your meat cooked and served in store and fried chicken with flavours such as Japanese karaage and Korean snow cheese are now on the menu at the Arndale Shopping Centre.

Amin’s Butcher & Grill along with HaHa Chicken are part of the refreshed lineup at the Springwood centre, following the $20 million refurbishment of the property by owners Consolidated Properties Group and CVS Lane Capital Partners.

Amin’s has taken a 10-year lease at the centre for a 180sq m tenancy with outdoor seating for its second location while HaHa Chicken has signed a five-year lease for a 60sq m shop with outdoor seating, also for its second store under the HaHa brand.

Amin Odeh, who runs Amin’s Butcher & Grill with wife Mary and his extended family, qualified as a butcher at the age of 18 and two years later opened his first butcher shop.

He said Arndale was the ideal place for his second butcher and restaurant.

“Springwood is an up-and-coming area that is yet to experience anything like what we offer,” Mr Odeh said.

“We opened our first butcher and restaurant two-and-half-years ago in West End, Brisbane and since then have built a very loyal customer base.

“People love getting to pick their meat fresh from the butcher and then having it cooked to order in the same location.”

Mr Odeh said the halal butcher shop had a strong following from the Muslim community and continued to attract a mixed customer base due to its focus on cost and quality.

“Our customers know when they come, they are getting the finest cuts of meat at the best price, which is a big reason for our success,” he said.

“I feel confident we will soon have a loyal following at the Arndale Shopping Centre.”

The new shop opened on Saturday (July 9) where they gave away free burgers to whet the appetite of customers.

Angela So, of HaHa Chicken, said its Arndale store will be its second under the HaHa brand, the other being Haha Sushi at the Hyperdome Shopping Centre in Loganholme.

“We chose Arndale because it has huge exposure from the Pacific Highway and is also just a six-minute drive from our Loganholme store, making it easy to manage both,” Mrs So said.

“The centre also recently underwent a $20 million refurbishment so presents really well, which is important to us and our customers.”

Mrs So said the new store had been launched to capitalise on the popularity of its karaage chicken.

“Many customers come to our sushi store specifically to buy our chicken,” she said.

“We’re taking the opportunity of the new store to introduce a range of new flavours including Japanese wasabi mayo, Korean snow cheese and Taiwanese salt crisp.

“We also have milk tea which when paired with fried chicken makes for a magical combination.”

Consolidated Properties Group Executive Director Craig O’Donnell said the new tenants would give shoppers even more reasons to visit the Arndale Shopping Centre.

“Since purchasing the centre in 2019 we’ve re-established the mall as a modern convenience centre focused on daily shopping needs as well as bringing on flagship outlets such as Planet Fitness to offer shoppers a first-class fitness option,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“HaHa Chicken and Amin’s Butcher & Grill gives customers great dining options to go with their daily shopping, adding further diversity to the great mix of operators who now call the centre home.”

Consolidated Properties Group and CVS Lane Capital Partners purchased Arndale Shopping Centre in October 2019.

The centre boasts 11,000sqm of floor space with 35 specialty stores anchored by Coles Supermarket.