World’s ‘most beautiful butcher’ comes to Melbourne

Victor Churchill’s Woollahra store has been likened to an art gallery.

Sydney meat retailer Victor Churchill has chosen Armadale for its first Melbourne store.

Described by late chef Anthony Bourdain as “the most beautiful butcher shop in the world” the business has signed a 10 year lease for the 300 square metre former State Bank at 953 High Street.

The red brick building forms part of a newly completed apartment complex, Alara.

Unlike Victor Churchill’s 12 year old Woollahra outlet, which includes a charcuterie counter and dry ageing room and has been likened to an art gallery, the Melbourne property will also dub as a bistro, with a bar, open fire place and seating for 12.

Morley Commercial’s James Lie is marketing the Armadale project’s retail component.

The butcher was established in Croatia 145 years ago; clients are said to have included Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Jackman (story continues below).

Earlier this week we reported Oroton outbid three other groups for a 114 sqm shop in the exclusive strip.

Last year, online retailer Stylerunner chose High St for its first bricks-and-mortar store.

In December, 2018, Perth based furniture retailer James Said rented the former Armadale Theatre, opposite the Victor Churchill premises, which was vacated not long earlier by auction house Mossgreen.

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