Mario retires after 43 years

Mario and the Lombardi family says thanks

Mario Lombardi and family would like to say a big thank you to their customers for continuing to support their family business over the years. 

Please visit Mario before he leaves to take a deserving break.  


When did you start? 
I started at the old Moonee Ponds Market site on 15th September 1976 as a hand at a butchery and I rode a push bike all the way from Brunswick to come here. 

Which year did you start at Moonee Ponds Central? 
1997 so I've seen a lot of changes over the years and I remember Coles being in a different site to today. 

What are your plans for retirement? 
After 35 years of no holidays, I'm taking a short trip to Italy to spend time with my family, sight see and visit my father's grave. I haven't been back in over 50 years.

What have you enjoyed most about being a butcher at Moonee Ponds? 
The customers, who I will miss. But also enjoyed mentoring people from scratch and have had successful careers in their lives. 

When is your last day? 
Sunday 6th October