New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane

New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane

While The District Docklands continues to expand, so too does the abundance of quality food offerings for shoppers.

After welcoming Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, MarketPlace Fresh and The Butcher Club Epicurean late last year, The District has now added Empire Asian Supermarket, one of largest of its kind in the CBD, as well as the delicious China Bar, which serves the most popular tastes from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, and lastly Magic Cuisine, an affordable take-home meal option.

Throughout March, Market Lane will welcome a host of new eateries and stores including a deli, pharmacy and seafood store, making sure you’ll never leave empty-handed.

Open seven days a week until 7pm, with Woolworths open until 10pm, Market Lane is an urban market indulging the senses and fostering a sense of community and place.

The District Docklands CEO George Karabatsos said he hoped Market Lane would transform the way city shoppers got their daily groceries.

“We are thrilled to expand the offerings at Market Lane, fast becoming a go-to fresh food destination for Docklands and surrounding areas,” Mr Karabatsos said.

“These new additions provide even more fresh food options for the local shopper, representing diverse flavours from all over the world.”

To make the experience even more comfortable, customers who spend $10 or more at Market Lane’s Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s or participating stores by validating their ticket are eligible for 90 minutes of free parking.

Market Lane opened in October 2019 and is the largest supermarket-based, fresh food and convenience precinct within a 5km radius of Melbourne’s CBD.

The $70 million development is an extension of The District Docklands, formerly known as Harbour Town.

Spanning 9500 sqm and with 2250 car parks on site, Market Lane was designed by NH Architecture and Esquisse Design Studio •

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Just In Time takes over RekDek

words by Jack Hayes

The RekDek fitness centre at Tower 1, 50 Lorimer St is now under new management, with local fitness expert Justin Moran from Just In Time Personal Training taking over the gym which services more than 2500 Yarra’s Edge residents.

Mr Moran’s successful bid for management of the RekDek facilities comes only six months after securing the keys to the Wharf Club, below the Forge building, earning him a monopoly of fitness services along Yarra’s Edge.

The RekDek facilities include a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, with Mr Moran and his team of university degree qualified trainers offering free services such as fitness classes, health and fitness assessments, posture assessments, body composition analysis, personalised program design, program follow-up and seminars.

After unsuccessfully tendering for management of the RekDek 18 months ago, Mr Moran is delighted to have taken over management of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque fitness centres.

“Our job is to encourage physical activity and social interactions between the residents of the seven high-rise towers that comprise the Yarra’s Edge precinct,” Mr Moran said.

“We’re really excited to have the chance to develop a really strong sense of community throughout the whole of Yarra’s Edge.”

“Living in apartments can often be isolating, which is why we offer several free initiatives like our More Than Just A Walking Group in both Yarra’s Edge and Southbank.”

Just In Time Personal Training is the only personal training company in Melbourne exclusively employing university qualified trainers.

Although the RekDek gym caters for 2500 residents, Mr Moran said only 120 residents used the facilities each day.

“If you look at the statistics, 80 per cent of the population is technically considered ‘inactive’,” he said. “A normal commercial gym will only attract three to five per cent of the population, so gyms aren’t always going to be the answer.”

“Our job is to think creatively about how we can get people out of their apartments and get them active.”

In addition to servicing the residents of Docklands, Southbank and the city, Mr Moran provides an array of fully-tailored workplace health programs.

Programs, not always physical in nature, include education and guiding staff to better health, mental health, sleep patterns, nutrition, posture, exercise habits, injury prevention and risk minimisation.

The RekDek, along with the Wharf Club, are the only two gyms in Victoria which have the capacity for paid building management.

The RekDek is open from 5.30am - 10.30pm daily and the Just In Time team, headed by Bevan Shelley, is onsite from 6am - 9.30am,

and 4pm - 7pm Monday - Friday and then Saturdays from 8.30am - 1pm (except on public holidays).

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