New hospital retail precinct opens

Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and Zouki Group representatives gather as the retail precinct opens.

January 25, 2017: The new Bendigo Hospital now offers patrons an array of quality retail and food outlets as Melbourne-based Zouki group, which operate cafes, convenience stores and retail precincts in more than 60 outlets across Australia.

Five new food, gift and convenience outlets were today opened by Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, Bendigo Health chief executive, John Mulder and Zouki group executive director, Faddy Zouky.

Mr Zouky said one of the key gaps identified in traditional hospital designs from the past is the lack of retail facilities, and places for staff, patients, visitors and students to unwind and recharge in a busy hospital environment.

“We understand the demands of modern healthcare environments, and we have built a reputation of great service, fresh produce and quality retail to ensure we satisfy the needs of all patrons that are part of the hospital precinct.

“In Bendigo we are working with staff who have transferred from Bendigo Health’s hospitality outlets, and new staff who want work with us, all who choose to enjoy living and working in central Victoria.” He said the focus on local doesn’t stop there.

“Certainly 2017 is an exciting year for Zouki, we’re utilising local ingredients and goods by working with regional suppliers, and we’ve planned future staff benefits and opportunities for Spotless and Bendigo Health, while also looking forward to supporting the important work of the Bendigo Health Foundation,” said Mr Zouky.

Exemplar Health chief executive Michele Morrison said that the Zouki group will have eight outlets in total across the new hospital precinct.

“This week we have proudly opened stage one of the Bendigo Hospital Project, and in February we will commence works on stage two of the project, which is due for completion in mid-2018. These works will include the construction of a multi-deck carpark, helipad and link-bridge plus the establishment of three additional Zouki outlets, including a conference centre,” Ms Morrison said.

“On behalf of Bendigo Health and Exemplar Health, we officially welcome Zouki to Bendigo, and look forward to seeing this highly experienced company deliver quality foods and services to staff, patients and visitors to the hospital.”