OTR arrives in Melbourne

Fast growing online grocery start-up Milkrun recently set up its first Melbourne ‘dark store’ in South Yarra.

Convenience retail chain OTR – or On the Run – has opened its first Melbourne store, at Alphington.

The ExxonMobil brand, owned in Australia under trademark by the Adelaide based Shahin family’s Peregrine Corporation, is owner-occupying, after quietly paying $5.41 million for the ex-7-Eleven at 779-785 Heidelberg Road in late 2019.

Interestingly the company outbid developers for the 1140 square metre Commercial 1 zoned block at the north east corner of Yarralea Street, which was marketed permit-ready for an eight level apartment complex.

Outside of Melbourne OTR has 174 outlets including, in regional Victoria, at Horsham, Irymple, Mildura, Portland and Stawell.

Alphington is seven kilometres north west of the city.

Another retailer sets up in Melbourne

The Alphington OTR will trade 24 hours, with a drive thru ‘C coffee’ shop, utilising the company’s own coffee beans and blends, and diversified food offering (story continues below).

It will provide Caltex petrol.

The company’s arrival comes a week after another Sydney based outfit, grocery delivery start-up Milkrun, committed to its first Melbourne ‘dark store’ – near the Jam Factory, in South Yarra.

Also this month, bottle shop and bar Odd Culture, which has four interstate outlets, leased its first Victorian property, at Fitzroy.

Last year, meanwhile, Victor Churchill, described by late chef Anthony Bourdain as “the world’s most beautiful butcher”, rented a historic building in Armadale’s ritzy High Street, for its maiden Melbourne store, while Ultra Football committed to an Abbotsford showroom – its first outside of New South Wales.

CBRE’s David Minty and Nathan Mufale were the 779-785 Heidelberg Rd marketing agents.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.