Popular Sydney-based boutique grocery chain, QE Foodstores is on the way to rivaling Woolworths and Coles, officially launching its 11th store, joining St Leonards Square – a newly established food and dining precinct in the heart of the lower north shore.
The latest addition of the Australian-owned grocer in St Leonards Square brings inner-city locals a bigger plant-based vegan range, fresh market produce, and quality foods without the hassle. It’ll also boast QE Foodstores’ first built-in coffee shop, offering the very best barista-made coffee and a range of delicious vegan cakes and bites.
CEO Narinder Singh Bedhan says farm to table is the inspiration behind QE Foodstores.
“Our fresh fruit and vegetables are popular with customers. We go to Sydney Markets three times a week to ensure our produce comes straight from the farmers and into our stores. We believe it’s so important to support local,” Narinder says.
“We pride ourselves on our community market feel and this is expressed not just in our quality products but also in our exceptional customer service. Our community is at the heart of everything we do.”
From humble beginnings, Narinder started out as a young kiwifruit picker and worked on orchards and farms. At just 19 years of age, Narinder saved up to buy a rundown business in Darlinghurst. After years of hard work and determination, 16-hour days, 7 days a week and periods of living out of his car, he later with the help of his brother and their vision to open a 7-star supermarket, opened their first grocer.
“It was a tough start. It was determination and our passion for fresh food that made it happen.”
“Going to the Sydney markets is something I still do today. It’s my passion to pick the best and freshest produce for our customers.”
QE Foodstores started out in 2002 with just one store, now eighteen years on, Narinder and his brother have opened eleven stores across Sydney.
“The people in our community are a very special part of QE’s success. In the early days it was just my brother and I, now we employ 133 people and support 11 communities.”
“We are proud of the relationships we’ve built with thousands of customers who continue to inspire us to do better every day,” Narinder says.
QE Foodstores joins Sekka Dining, King of Fadez, Eight Dining, The Rusty Rabbit, and Virgin Active in St Leonards Square. Check out their offering at qefoodstores.com.au