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About Us

In a time of bell bottom jeans, disco and the Rubik’s cube, a man named Rod saw a gap in the market for a store offering traditional grocery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, and BBQ chickens, that was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And so the first ever NightOwl store was born at Milton Road in Auchenflower.

The brand was first franchised in 1987 with our first franchised store opening at New Farm in 1988 – a store still much beloved by its local community today.

In 1995, NightOwl was floated on the stock exchange before being bought out by Retail Services Limited in 1996.

By the time it was Sydney’s turn to host the Summer Olympics, we had 32 stores and in 2001, the brand returned to private ownership when it was purchased by David Hodge.

2004 was a busy year! We started sponsoring Stolley the Barking Owl at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and relaunched our Wise Buys promotion! We followed this up in 2005 by celebrating our 40th store opening and our first ever summer Frostbite promotion!

In 2007, NightOwl was bought by Adam & Katrina Adams, who had bought their first NightOwl store in Cairns in 2002!

2011 saw the launch of Cheap Tuesday – brands you know and love for $2 or less, every Tuesday!

In 2013, we started rolling out our new Store of the Future – with better layout, more offers and a new Frostbite Fun Wall

2014 saw us move our Head Office to a new home in Kangaroo Point as well as welcoming our new CEO, Craig Urquhart, and new Director of Franchising, David Morriss.

2015 heralded the launch of Owl Cafe followed by The Real Deal in 2016 as well as the opening of 4 new stores, with our the opening of our newest store at Milton in December bringing the total to 68, just in time for the new year! What will 2017 hold? Hoo Knows!

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